File File 2 - St. Vincents Church, Surfers Paradise

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UQFL644-Series A-File 2


St. Vincents Church, Surfers Paradise


  • 1985-1986 (Creation)

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38 architectural drawings ; sizes vary

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Biographical history

Graeme John Thiedeke was born on 8 January 1942. He commenced part-time study towards a Diploma of Architecture in 1960 at the Central Technical College (now Queensland University of Technology) while working at Conrad Gargett. He graduated in 1966, moved to Canada and in 1968 moved to Mexcio. In Mexico he studied art, formed an architectural practice and started a ceramics factory. In 1975 he returned to Australia, recommencing work with Conrad Gargett until 1977. In 1978 he joined the Davis Heather Group, later forming a separate company with Bill Heather, The Heater Thiedeke Group. Thiedeke moved to Malaysia in 2000 and began working for the architectural firm McKerrell Lynch.

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Administrative history

Graeme Thiedeke commenced working for the Davis Heather Group at Tweed Heads in northern New South Wales in 1978. Graeme Thiedeke and Bill Heather form an architectural practice, The Heather Thiedeke Group. The firm was based at Surfers Paradise.

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Comprises: Thirteen pencil line drawings on tracing paper, 26 x 36 cm and smaller, undated. Eight pencil/ink line drawings on tracing paper, 59 x 84 cm, 1985-1986, from the Title Block the architect and planners are the Heather Thiedeke Group, and the client is the Catholic Parish, Surfers Paradise. Seventeen ink line drawings on tracing paper, from the Title Block the architect and planners are the Heather Thiedeke Group, client is the Catholic Parish, Surfers Paradise.

Brief: Design and Documentation. The original St. Vincents church in Surfers Paradise was demolished when the main Parish church moved to Broadbeach Waters and became The Sacred Heart Church. A new St. Vincents church retained the inner city presence. It was built to a tight budget and severe site restrictions (ambient noise management). The structure used tilt panel walls (then a new technology). This plan also featured a radial layout with a sloping floor for optimum visibility.

Includes: Project no. 63.06, working drawings, sequentially numbered WD.01 to WD.013 and WD.18, for landscaping, floor plan, roof plan, details, sections, elevations, internal elevation, window schedule and furniture details.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Most plans have vertical plan filing strips adhered to them.

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Tube 1

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Created, Linda Justo, 21-Apr-2021.




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  • Tube: UQFL644 Tube 1