In 1943, Joseph left Tasmania and went back to Kelso where he married Elizabeth Paxton; he returned to Tasmania a year later. Moir began his work years by building homes and churches around Hobart, while obtaining land in and around the town. He established a reputation for having built the St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Pontville and he was appointed to several civic positions including clerk of public works for the colony in 1834 and Commissioner under Hobart’s 1846 paving and lighting bill.
Throughout time and space we have marked our civilisations with memorable and instantly recognisable structures. Today, we need only hear the name of a country or city for an image of a building to appear in our minds.
Timber used to be acquired by individuals or small teams of workers who would chop trees down for their own use, be it for heat or structure. Early logging companies would work in the same area for years, chopping down trees and floating the logs down streams whilst jumping back and forth from log to log for the purpose of clearing jams.
Hundreds of thousands were mired in poverty. Unemployment and desperation caused crime rates to skyrocket. Prisons had become hopelessly overcrowded. Britain was desperate for a solution. Australia – newly discovered and so far away that this throwaway population could never return – was seen as the perfect answer.
We remember rambling houses whimsically perched high above the ground and graced with wide, welcoming verandas. French doors and windows are flung open to catch the lazy, summer breeze. The peaked, iron roof is shaded by a mango tree and surrounded by the fragrance of Frangipani.
In fact, there are even a few Aboriginal dwellings in Australia with stones still in place thousands of years after they were constructed. Nowadays, Aboriginal architects are making new contributions to the built environment through a range of world-class designs reflecting the heritage and culture of Australia’s first builders.
Humans are amazing story tellers. We live and thrive on ideas and beliefs because they have the tendency to make life just a little more exciting. There’s always something mystical to look forward to and there is always some incredible story to look back on while thinking to ourselves, ‘wow that’s interesting.’
By definition a ‘Skyscraper’ is a building that reaches up past those around it and changes the skyline. People often describe a very tall building as a skyscraper but the definition can actually apply to a structure as low as four stories – as long as it reaches past the surrounding built environment and changes the skyline, it is considered a skyscraper.
In the heart of Melbourne, covering a spectacular seven kilometres of waterfront promenades along the Victoria Harbour with three kilometres of Yarra River frontage, the Melbourne Docklands have been the focus of a massive urban renewal project intended to transform the former swampland into Melbourne’s new hub of activity boasting urban art, stunning architecture, historic and contemporary buildings, state-of-the-art marinas, stylish waterfront restaurants, cosy bars and active waterways.
The eastern edge of the Brisbane central business district is frequently photographed, not only for its visual appeal, but for its representation of the economic growth of the booming city. Why? Because the skyline is comprised of a large cluster of modern high-rises and goliath skyscrapers, set along the shores of the Brisbane River.