Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis


    Interim heritage listing for St Peter's Church, Badgebup

    9/01/1996 12:00 AM



    One of only two surviving buildings in the town of Badgebup in the Great Southern has been listed on the State Register of Heritage Places.


    Heritage Minister Richard Lewis said today St Peter’s Church, built as a memorial to the son of a local faming family who was killed in World War One, had been listed on an interim basis.


    “The Badgebup townsite once had a school, saleyard and shops but now only the church and district hall remain,” he said.


    “The church continues to be used by the surrounding community as a place of worship.”


    Settlement at Badgebup took place in 1873.  In 1897, South Australian legislative Councillor J C Warren took up land in the area with his sons.


    The eldest, John Campbell, joined up at the outbreak of World War One and was killed in action just a few months before its end.


    “The grieving parents felt a fitting memorial for the loss of their son would be a district church,” Mr Lewis said.


    “The idea inspired all those who heard about it and the local community rallied around to help build the church.


    “Many of those involved in the project had also been touched by the tragedy of war, from one of the architects, who was a returned soldier; the stonemason, who lost two sons in the war; and the carpenters who were both ex-soldiers.


    “The stone for the church was quarried from the Warren’s property 11 kilometres north of Badgebup and carted to the site.


    “The church was named after St Peter’s College in Adelaide, where the Warren boys and their father had been educated.”


    On September 16, 1922, St Peter’s Church was consecrated by the Archbishop of Perth. A year later J C Warren’s eldest daughter Meg, was married in the church.


    The Minister said St Peter’s was a distinctive and unusual building. It was constructed of a rich, honey coloured random rubble stone in the Federation Arts and Crafts style, with simple timber batten decoration.


    It had a steeply pitched roof and interesting mortar jointing, with lime mortar which had the appearance of being `buttered on'. The roof line was softened by the growth of lichen, creating a picturesque effect.


    “As one of the two remaining buildings in Badgebup, the church has significant historic and social value,” Mr Lewis said.


    “It was built by the community as a place of commemoration for those Western Australians who lost their lives in World War One.”


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