A look at history with AFGW Central West

"19th Century Architects and Buildings of the Central West" was the topic of an interesting talk presented recently at Cowra Services Club.

Introduced by President Sue Brown, the speaker was Graham Lupp, artist and architect from Bathurst.

Graham has completed a two-volume reference book entitled Building Bathurst which is a biographical survey of those architects and builders who built Bathurst and much of Central NSW in the period from the founding of Bathurst in 1815 to about the end of World War I.

Graham focused on the work of Edward Gell, who designed the ornate St Stanislaus College in Bathurst but also the humbler old stone original St Raphael's in Cowra, now the Heritage Centre, standing next to the modern Catholic Church.

Public buildings were designed by Government architects and survive in several grand court houses. Cowra Courthouse is notable for its curved timber eave brackets known, Graham said, as "angels' wings".

Around the district a successful architect widely active in the period was John Job Copeman, who designed Fagan's Building in Kendal Street, as well as homesteads such as Waugoola (Woodstock), Noojee Lee (Canowindra) and Mulyan (Cowra).

The talk was sponsored by the Australian Federation of Graduate Women Central West, who thanked Graham for his fascinating talk. Two books of architectural interest were raffled and won by Ken Skinner and Margaret Stent.

The talk raised very welcome funds for the Cowra-Canowindra HSC Scholarship which is awarded in January each year. This scholarship is presented annually to a female student living and schooling in the Cowra-Canowindra area, completing her HSC in 2019 and intending to further her studies at a tertiary level. Application details are available from afgwcwhsc@gmail.com