The New South Wales School Buildings of William E. Kemp, 1880-1896

Event Information

  • 18 Apr 2012 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Marrickville Library, Cnr Marrickville Rd and Petersham Rd
  • Marrickville
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

William Kemp's school designs broke with the Gothic tradition to introduce new architectural styles, incorporated natural lighting and ventilation systems, and used affordable, local materials. Kirsten Orr from Sydney's University of Technology, will examine the effectiveness and functionality of his inventive and innovative designs in the context of late-nineteenth century and early-twentieth century standards for school buildings. She will argue that Kemp’s work contributed significantly to the development of the Federation style, which later came to characterise suburban Australia.

Bookings are essential. Phone (02) 9335 2175.