From Beer to Brisbane and Back (Axe Valley Branch)
Wed. 20 November 2019 at 2:30 pm
£1 – £3
A talk “From Beer to Brisbane and Back” by Peter Dare.
Peter was born in Beer and went to school in Axminster. In 1956 he became an apprentice at Beer Quarry. The quarry closed when he was about 18 and he then worked on old and new buildings from Hampshire to South Wales, eventually coming back to Devon to work on Exeter Cathedral, becoming the master mason in 1969. His work involved re-opening Beer and Salcombe Regis quarries to obtain matching stone to the original. As a freelance he worked on Bradley Manor, Truro Cathedral, the Powder Mills on Dartmoor and much other conservation work.
In 1989 he went to Brisbane, Queensland, to complete the cathedral which had been started in 1906. He finished it in 2006 having to search for suitable local stone, opening a quarry, introducing machinery and training apprentices. In Brisbane as a consultant he also did work for the City Council, Queensland University of Technology, Australia Post, The Catholic Church and many architects.
Entrance: Donation £1 (DA Members), £3 (Non Members).