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  • Conservation Management Plan.

    Williamstown Cemetery H 1837

    Champion Road, Williamstown

    30thDecember2015

  • This Conservation Management Plan has been undertaken in accordancewith the principles of the Burra Charter adopted by ICOMOS Australia

    The document assesses management issues related to the restoration,maintenance and repair of the Cemetery.

    This document has been completed by David Wixtedand Ellen Ogborne.

    In conjunction with Steve Fitzgerald.

    heritage ALLIANCE, Steve Fitzgerald (Arboriculture Pty Ltd), GMCT 2015

    C 1900 Newspaper advertisement for monumental masons.Williamstown Chronicle, July 1900.

  • heritage ALLIANCEJob 2014-36 Williamstown Cemetery CMP 3

    CONTENTSILLUSTRATIONS & DRAWINGS ............................................................................................................................4EXECUTIVE SUMMARY..........................................................................................................................................61.0 INTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................................91.1 Background, Brief and Methodology ............................................................................................................91.2 Site Ownership............................................................................................................................................101.3 Study Team.................................................................................................................................................101.4 Copyright.....................................................................................................................................................101.5 Acknowledgments .......................................................................................................................................101.6 Definitions ...................................................................................................................................................101.7 Abbreviations ..............................................................................................................................................112.0 PHYSICAL SURVEY ..................................................................................................................................122.1 The Site.......................................................................................................................................................122.2 Buildings......................................................................................................................................................142.3 The Fountain ...............................................................................................................................................162.4 Paths ...........................................................................................................................................................162.5 Fences ........................................................................................................................................................172.6 The memorials and monuments..................................................................................................................182.7 Other structures ..........................................................................................................................................222.8 Trees ...........................................................................................................................................................233.0 ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE ...............................................................................263.1 History of Williamstown ...............................................................................................................................263.2 History of the Williamstown General Cemetery...........................................................................................283.3 Contextual History.......................................................................................................................................423.4 Comparative Analysis .................................................................................................................................493.5 Assessment of Significance ........................................................................................................................513.6 Further Research ........................................................................................................................................544.0 CONSERVATION POLICY STATEMENT ..................................................................................................564.1 Constraints and Requirements....................................................................................................................564.2 Site Significance (precis).............................................................................................................................564.3 Elements of Primary, Contributory, Lesser and No Significance ................................................................564.4 Site Specific Policies ...................................................................................................................................574.5 Future Use and Development .....................................................................................................................624.6 The Impact of Climate Change on the Historic Environment ......................................................................665.0 CONSERVATION WORKS.........................................................................................................................695.1 Maintenance and repair works to the site by priority...................................................................................695.2 Maintenance Works ....................................................................................................................................695.3 Risk Management of the Site ......................................................................................................................735.4 Future Management Issues for the site.......................................................................................................765.5 Priority List ..................................................................................................................................................766.0 BIBLIOGRAPHY.........................................................................................................................................77APPENDIX A PLANS OF THE CEMETERY .....................................................................................................79APPENDIX B CEMETERY LEGISLATION VICTORIA.....................................................................................82APPENDIX C THE BURRA CHARTER.............................................................................................................83APPENDIX D LIST OF PLANTS ......................................................................................................................90APPENDIX E ARBORICULTURALIST REPORT .............................................................................................95

  • heritage ALLIANCE4 Job 2014-36 Williamstown Cemetery CMP

    ILLUSTRATIONS & DRAWINGSFigure 1 Location of the cemetery on Champion Road opposite the Victorian Railway Workshops. Source: Whereis .......... 13Figure 2: The cemetery entry with from opposite at Champion Road showing the former St Kilda Town Hall gates and gate

    posts from the Exhibition buildings. Dominant Canary Island palms trees are in the background. These are the majorfeature of the site. Source: Heritage ALLIANCE 2015 ................................................................................................. 13

    Figure 3: Inside the cemetery, lower south side gravel path with pine and cypress trees in the oldest part of the cemetery.Source: Heritage ALLIANCE 2015................................................................................................................................. 14

    Figure 4: The major historic building on site (office, safe room, manager and chapel) of 1937 designed by architect FrederickMorsby. Source: Heritage ALLIANCE 2015.................................................................................................................. 14

    Figure 5: The brick toilet block on Champion Road with the north half built prior to 1911. One portion of the building(northern) appears on a MMBW map of 1912. The building appears to have been built as two near identical halves-one prior to 1912, the other probably just after once sewerage reached the site. Source: Heritage ALLIANCE 2015 . 15

    Figure 6: The house and workshops (circa 1966-67) in brick viewed from the north side. All trees in this view are CanaryIsland Palms. Source: heritage ALLIANCE 2015.......................................................................................................... 16

    Figure 7:Lower cul-de-sac of the main path with asphalt surface and brick spoon drains. The roads are generally in goodrepair although there is some loss of asphalt in some small areas. Source: Heritage ALLIANCE 2015 ....................... 17

    Figure 8: The Wardrop & Scurry Fountain of 1892. Source: Heritage ALLIANCE 2015 .......................................................... 17Figure 9: Front picket fence (non historic) between 1930s gates and the cyclone fence. Source: Heritage ALLIANCE 2015. 18Figure

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