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Edmund Blacket Plaque : March 2014
Edmund Blacket Plaque : March 2014

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The plaque commemorates Edmund Blacket, architect of St Andrew`s Church. A smaller plaque unveiled in 1941 commemorates the interrment of the ashes of Mr Blacket and his wife in the cathedral.

Edmund Thomas Blacket (25 August 1817 – 9 February 1883) was an Australian architect, best known for his designs for the University of Sydney, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney and St. Saviour's Cathedral, Goulburn.

Arriving in Sydney from England in 1842, at a time when the city was rapidly expanding and new suburbs and towns were being established, Blacket was to become a pioneer of the revival styles of architecture, in particular Victorian Gothic. He was the most favoured architect of the Church of England in New South Wales for much of his career, and between late 1849 and 1854 was the official "Colonial Architect to New South Wales".

A large congregation attended a memorial service at St. Andrew's Cathedral yesterday for Edmund T. Blacket, a noted architect, who died on February 9, 1883. Sixty reservations were made for the descendants. At noon on Saturday the cremated remains of Mr. Blacket and his wife were interred in the Cathedral. Archbishop Mowll, who preached, unveiled a tablet indicating the spot where the ashes were buried. The Great Hall of the University, the completed St. Andrew's Cathedral, Goulburn Cathedral, and numerous churches in city and country were enduring monuments to Mr. Blacket's skill, he said.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 1st December 1941.


Address:George & Bathurst Streets, St Andrew`s Cathedral , Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.874017
Long: 151.20657
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

Edmund Thomas Blacket

Born August 25 1817
Died Feby 9 1883

Erected by the Chapter in recognition of his services to the Cathedral

Small Plaque : 

Near this place rest the ashes of Edmund Thomas Blacket

Architect of this cathedral who died 9th February 1883. Aged 65

And of his wife  Sara Blacket

Who died 15th September, 1869.  Aged 51

They were buried in Balmain Cemetery and on the Cemetery being made into a public park, their ashes were reinterred here on the eve of St Andrews Day 1941.

Source: MA, ADB
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