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Raukkan Church Restoration
by Habitable Places Architects



It was at Raukkan that David Uniapon grew up, listening to his father preach in this building. The Raukkan Church along with David Uniapon features on Australia's $50 note. It is located at the site of the former Point McLeay Aboriginal Mission overlooking Lake Alexandrina. The mission church, which was first opened in 1869, has an important place in Australia's history, particularly for its connection to the Ngarrindjeri people. The church is not only an historical landmark in the community, it is also significant to the people of Raukkan for its presence during the years of the Aboriginal Mission and as a memorial for local Ngarrindjeri Anzacs. The restoration of the church included a new roof, repair of windows, stone repairs and restoration of the bell tower, skirting and pews. A special feature of the restoration is the reconstruction of a stained glass window installed in 1925 in memory of four Ngarrindjeri Anzacs from Raukkan. The significance of the building was

researched, from which detailed Conservation Policies were developed to guide and control the restoration of the church. The Burra Charter processes included preservation of original surfaces, patina and finishes. The memorial stained glass window was reconstructed based on physical and documentary evidence. The few remaining original fragments of coloured glass were retained. Urgent structural repair and strengthening of the belfry was undertaken. Re-roofing was with traditional galvanised steel. Paint, cement render and cement repairs were carefully cut out. All stonework repair and repointing was with lime mortar. Window frames were repaired in-situ with epoxy based fillers. Overall, the presentation of the Raukkan Church is of a carefully restored significant building that retains all of the patina and evidence of its age and history. New life and a secure future has been returned to a building well loved by all Ngarrindjeri, but deeply significant to all Australians.

Habitable Places Architects
Project Team
Project Manager: GRM International
Heritage Architect: Richard Woods
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Stonemason: Russell Stonework
Timber Conservation: Building Conservation Technology
Stained Glass Reconstruction: Adelaide Leadlight Centre
Photographer: Kerry Trapnell
Photographer: Unknown - historic photo

Photographs by Kerry Trapnell & Unknown - historic photo, text by Habitable Places Architects

Link directly to this award entry: is the website of The Royal Australian Institute of Architects