The crosses and pinnacles, totalling more than 20 tonne, of St Joseph’s Cathedral are removed by a crane yesterday, 110 years after the structure was built.
The crosses and pinnacles, totalling more than 20 tonne, of St Joseph’s Cathedral are removed by a crane yesterday, 110 years after the structure was built. CHRIS ISON CI

St Joseph's to get a make-over

UNTIL yesterday, the two tonne bronze crosses at the pinnacles of St Joseph’s Cathedral had never been removed in 100 years.

The William Street cathedral is barely recognisable behind a barrier of scaffolding being used by stonemasons to repair the iconic Rockhampton building.

Yesterday marked the most significant repairs to date with the two crosses and the 10 tonnes of stone surrounding them being lifted away by a crane.

Property administrator for the Catholic Diocese, Gavin Richardson, said the pinnacle stones were cracked in multiple places.

In the 1980s a repair job saw metal braces being used to hold the pinnacle stones together.

Mr Richardson said apart from those repairs 30 years ago there had been no major work done on the structures since they were built in 1899.

Replacement sandstone will be sourced from the Stanwell Quarry, where the original stone for the cathedral came from.

It will take between three and four months for stonemasons to completely replicate the pinnacles and for the crosses to be reinstated. Mr Richardson said it took a team all day to remove the 1.5m high bronze crosses and 1m high stones.

He said repair work would cost between $180,000 and $200,000.



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