Rosary Convent & Chapel (Former)

70-74 Reed St & Torridge St, Oamaru

  • Rosary Convent & Chapel (Former), Oamaru.
    Copyright: New Zealand Dominican Sisters Trust.
  • Rosary Convent & Chapel (Former), Oamaru.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Joanna Wylie. Date: 28/06/2012.
  • Rosary Convent & Chapel (Former), Oamaru.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: Joanna Wylie. Date: 28/06/2012.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 2301 Date Entered 2nd July 1982

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Waitaki District

Region

Otago Region

Legal description

Secs 9/14 Blk 45 Oamaru Town

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Petre, Francis William

Petre (1847-1918) was born in Lower Hutt. He was the son of the Hon. Henry William Petre and grandson of the eleventh Baron Petre, Chairman of the second New Zealand Company. Petre trained in London as a naval architect, engineer, and architect, returning to New Zealand in 1872. During the next three years he was employed by Brogden and Sons, English railway contractors, superintending the construction of the Dunedin-Clutha and the Blenheim-Picton railways.

He set up office in Dunedin in 1875 as an architect and civil engineer. He designed a house for Judge Chapman (1875), followed by 'Cargill's Castle' (1876) for E B Cargill and then St Dominic's Priory (1877), all in mass concrete.

It is for his church designs and for his pioneering use of concrete that Petre is most recognised. His church buildings include St Joseph's Cathedral, Dunedin (1878-86), Sacred Heart Basilica (now Cathedral of the Sacred Heart), Wellington (1901), St Patrick's Basilica, Oamaru, (1894 and 1903) and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch, (1904-05), which is the outstanding achievement of his career. Petre's commercial buildings include the Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance Building (1881-82) and Pheonix House (now Airport House, c.1885), both in Dunedin.

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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1900 -

Other Information

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