Materials and Methods
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Within the framework for capitalism presented in the previous chapter, Armidale and its immediate region is an interesting case study: There was not only an initially strong pastoral push by many wealthy and influential landholders already well-established in other areas (which has continued in one form or another to the present day), but also the subsequent establishment of mercantile (including small-scale industrial) capitalist interests. Unlike other population centers in the New England region, such as Tamworth, Armidale is largely a nineteenth century town. It retains a high degree of nineteenth and early-twentieth century features within its boundaries, and also continues to be a center for the pastoral holdings that surround it. Some of these pastoral holdings and the buildings on them are amongst the earliest in the region (Salisbury Court, Booroolong), while others date from the comparatively more recent acquisition of the Robertson Land Acts (Chevy Chase), as well as from later periods (Saumarez, Trevenna). Most importantly, in recent years “heritage” has become a strong focus for Armidale’s identity and, as a consequence, there is a high level of awareness about heritage and heritage issues and a considerable amount of effort expended in the renovation and maintenance of heritage buildings. This is fortunate for a study such as this—not only are most nineteenth and early-twentieth century buildings in Armidale in good repair, but there is also a broad awareness of the history of the place, including the particular histories of individual buildings.
KeywordsPublic Building Architectural Style Original Owner Heritage Building Private Building
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