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The Rectory, 83 Cowper St. Stroud NSW.

THE FRIENDS OF ST JOHN’S ARE DEDICATED TO USING BEST PRACTICES

The Friends are guided in all their work by the Burra Charter, which is the Australian standard in conservation and management of places of cultural significance. As an example when brick walls are under repair, new mortar is laboratory matched to ensure compatibility of appearance and performance. To view photos of Friends projects click here

The Burra Charter advocates a cautious approach:

* Wherever possible use traditional materials and techniques

* Change as little as possible so that cultural significance is retained.

* Do only what is necessary in preservation and care.

Consultants in The Friends’ work are:

EJE of Newcastle, heritage architects; and

Bill Jordan and Associates, structural engineers, of Newcastle.

The Conservation Management Plan (279 pages):

Financed by the Friends and approved by the national and state heritage authorities in 2002, the CMP will guide the care of the St John’s buildings for many decades.

It is illustrated with hundreds of photographs, plans and maps, and gives an exhaustive report of a detailed examination of church, hall and rectory, graveyard and other surrounding grounds.

Its historical summary goes back to the choosing of the site for Stroud in 1826.

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This unique set of buildings, lying within parklike grounds, forms a memorial to the colonial pastoral endeavours of the Australian Agricultural Company.