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Pavilions as Memorials


Darian-Smith, K, Pavilions as Memorials, Pavilions: a Symposium, 3-4 October 2016, University of Melbourne (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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On 1 January 1901, a crowd of 250,000 people gathered in Centennial Park in Sydney to celebrate the Federation of the Australian colonies. In a special pavilion erected for the occassion, Lord Hopetoun and Edmund Barton were sworn in, respectively, as the inaugural Governor-General and Prime Minister of the Australian nation. Constructed of plaster, the pavilion was never intended to be permanent, and by 1903 its deteriorated form was removed. In 1988, during Australia’s Bicentennial, a new and permanent commemorative Federation Pavilion was erected in Centennial Park to mark this historic event. This paper explores how pavilions may serve as memorials for communities and the nation. Many of these are associated with commemorating the loss of Australians in war, ranging from the elaborate Geelong Peace Memorial Pavilion (Buchan, Laird & Buchan, Percy E. Everett), dedicated in 1926 in the aftermath of World War I, to the utilitarian sports and community pavilions that were built throughout Australian after World War II. Pavilions, large and small, have been a remarkably adaptive memorial form within the Australian landscape.

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Item Type:Plenary Presentation
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural heritage and conservation
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving the historic environment
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:125599
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-04-24
Last Modified:2018-04-24

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