“He’s very, very well-known. I’d say he’s world-famous in Melbourne.”*

*Barry Humphries, born 17 February 1934 Kew, Melbourne, Australia.

From Britannica.com:

Butterfield, William (1814–1900), architect, the son of William Butterfield, by his wife Ann, daughter of Robert Stevens, was born in the parish of St. Clement Danes, London, on 7 Sept. 1814.”

From Wikipedia:

“His parents were strict non-conformists who ran a chemist’s shop in the Strand. He was one of nine children and was educated at a local school. At the age of 16, he was apprenticed to Thomas Arber, a builder in Pimlico, who later became bankrupt. He studied architecture under E. L. Blackburne (1833–1836). From 1838 to 1839, he was an assistant to Harvey Eginton, an architect in Worcester, where he became articled. He established his own architectural practice at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in 1840.

Butterfield received the RIBA Gold Medal in 1884. He died in London in 1900, and was buried in a simple Gothic tomb (designed by himself) in Tottenham Cemetery, Haringey, North London. The grave can be easily seen from the public path through the cemetery, close to the gate from Tottenham Churchyard. There is a blue plaque on his house in Bedford Square, London.”

From the University of Melbourne Archives:

“From 1837, interdenominational church services in the colony of Port Phillip were held in a wooden building on the corner of William and Little Collins Streets. Various denominations soon established separate sites and made plans for more permanent buildings while the Church of England remained on this site. In 1839, work began on a stone building designed by Robert Russell, and in 1847, with the arrival of Bishop Perry, this church became the Cathedral for the See of Melbourne.
In 1884, a parish church of St Paul that had stood on the site of the first open air services on the corner of Swanston St was demolished to make way for a grand Cathedral. When the cathedral opened in 1891, St James’ reverted to a parish church. This church was moved stone by stone in 1913-14 to its present site on King St.
There have been many contributors to this Melbourne landmark.

English architect William Butterfield designed the cathedral (pictured) but never visited Melbourne so architects Terry and Oakden and later Joseph Reed supervised works by builders, Clements Langford. Following the resignation of Butterfield, Reed re-designed the Cathedral Offices and Chapter House. Over the years, countless artists, suppliers and trades have played their part to build St Paul’s. In 1926, Sydney architect John Barr re-designed the spires that completed the original project…”

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