Fremantle Society: Free Event: Fremantle Tennis Club, Parry Street Wed 5 Dec 6pm AGM, Guest Speaker 7pm


The Power of Patience, and the Peril of Pace

by Chris Paterson, conservation architect with award winning architects Palassis


A short illustrated talk on the merits of taking time to understand your heritage site and the client’s needs before moving into a construction phase.  With examples sourced both locally and further afield.  Examples to include detailed design for conservation of specific building fabric and broader site use considerations.  The talk will explore the risks to a heritage project and how they might be mitigated through considered planning and careful use of skills and materials – including new materials in appropriate circumstances.

Christopher is a conservation practitioner, having trained and registered in the United Kingdom before emigrating to Australia in 1992. He has been with Palassis Architects since 1993, in which time he has specialised in the conservation and adaptation of historic places. This work has been complemented by his further training in Museum Studies.

Christopher has a particular interest in the application of research solutions for conservation works, and for the sustainable reuse of heritage buildings. He led the award winning conservation of the Main Cell Block and Chapel Façade at Fremantle Prison and the Oliver Hill Battery on Rottnest Island both of which were the result of a thorough investigation of the documentary and physical evidence. The Fire and Emergency Services Education and Heritage Centre on Murray Street, Perth, and the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall are award-winning adaptive reuse projects led by Christopher. As part of large multi disciplinary projects, he provided the technical heritage and conservation advice during the adaptive works to Brookfield Place, which was awarded the Margaret Pitt Morrison award for heritage in 2013.

Christopher’s recent projects include various works at Fremantle Prison, Parliament House and other adaptive reuse and conservation works for Local and State Government clients.

Wednesday 5 December All Welcome!

AGM 6 for 6.30 All welcome for a drink and a short meeting at 6.30

GUEST SPEAKER: 7pm. Chris Paterson, Conservation Architect

Members: Your membership fees are due now please! $30 single or $40 family to BSB 633000 Account 143193530

John Dowson, President, The Fremantle Society c/- 72 High Street, Fremantle WA 6160 or


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