Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Metal-clad church captures Goldfields history

    3/10/2016 9:00 AM
    • Norseman church shows growth of Anglican Church in rural communities
    • A rare example of lightweight building techniques used during the gold boom 

    The metal-clad Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Norseman has been included in the State Heritage Register to recognise its role in the growth and development of the Anglican Church in regional Western Australia.


    Heritage Minister Albert Jacob said the modestly designed and constructed church was a rare example of an original gold boom era Anglican church.


    "The early services of the Anglican church in Norseman were conducted in a tent-like structure of whitewashed hessian and tent cloth stretched out on a timber frame," Mr Jacob said.


    "This 1898 Federation Gothic Carpenter style church eventually provided a place of worship for the local Anglican community."


    In the early gold rush period, buildings were erected quickly and inexpensively using lightweight materials such as timber and sheets of corrugated iron, which were easily transportable or dismantled for rebuilding.


    Structures such as these were often intended to be temporary and replaced with grander stone buildings during more prosperous times.


    However, the economic fortunes of Norseman declined after 1908 and a more substantial church did not eventuate.  As a result, the Holy Trinity Church remains as a rare example of lightweight construction techniques used in the Goldfields during the gold boom.


    "From an historical perspective, the church offers a snapshot of a moment in time in the Goldfields during the gold boom," the Minister said.


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