Wardell, William Wilkinson

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Wardell, William Wilkinson (1823–99). London-born architect, engineer, and surveyor. He designed (1846–58) nearly 40 RC Puginesque Gothic Revival churches (e.g. St. Birinus, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxon. (1847), and Our Lady of Victories, Clapham, London (1849–51) ). In 1858 he emigrated to Australia, where he became Chief Architect to the Victoria Department of Works, and subsequently Inspector-General of Public Buildings in Victoria (1869–78). His Italianate Government House, Melbourne (1872–6), was influenced by Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, but his two RC Cathedrals (St Patrick's, Melbourne (1857–1927), and St Mary's, Sydney (1865–1940)) were competent Gothic Revival in style. He also designed the Church of St John the Evangelist, Toorak, Melbourne (1860–73), St John's College, Sydney University (1859), and St Mary's Cathedral, Hobart, Tasmania (1876).

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