Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Locality DAWSON
Accuracy L - low level confidence
Development Plan Peterborough Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) Former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Registered Name Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Significance Dawson's Catholic Church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, built in 1886 is of significance because it evocatively illustrates the pattern of settlement associated with the expansion of the agricultural frontier that occurred as a result of land reform from the mid 1870s. With extreme optimism, small farming communities were established far north of Goyder's Line of Rainfall and hamlets developed. In Dawson, this fine church was built, anticipating a thriving community. The architect for the building, Father John Norton is of significance as a competent architect turned priest and was responsible for several buildings in the region. Of course, the town of Dawson and its envisaged wheat farming community did not occur, beaten by years of drought in country best described as marginal. Dawson's Church evokes all of this history and stands in this barren landscape as a monument to the failure of the later Strangways resumptions. (Upper North Heritage Survey 2000).
Subject Index Religion - Church (Christian)
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 08-NOV-2001
LGA Peterborough
State Heritage ID 12530
Heritage Number 16010
Section 16 a - it demonstrates important aspects of the evolution or pattern of the State's history
g - it has a special association with the life or work of a person or organisation or an event of historical importance
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5821/638 T360201 A309, 316


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