Joseph Attwood Doane

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Joseph Attwood Doane (J. A. Doane) was architect of the second and subsequent portions of the Ballarat Benevolent Asylum and of the Primitive Methodist Church, corner of Eyre Street and Lyons Street, and the Primitive Methodist Church, Beverin Street, Sebastopol. He also designed nine of the eleven Wesleyan Methodist Churches in Ballarat - the Baptist Church, Dawson Street, the Congregational Church, and the Disciples of Christ Church, Dawson Street.[1]

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History

A fire of somewhat mysterious nature took place about half-past five on Saturday morning, in a small workshop belonging to Mr. J. A. Doane, and adjoining his premises in Armstrong street, being also closely adjacent to the “moulding shop” of the Phoenix Foundry. Flames were seen to issue from the shanty, and the alarm was given at once, and made general by a man at the coach office (where they were preparing for the early coach), who ran to the western fire bell and rang it lustily. From the first it was evident the workshop was doomed, and Mr Doane, and some of the people connected with the foundry, being on the ground, great exertions were made to prevent the spread of the flame. By dint of great exertion, Mr Doane was enabled, with the aid of a few willing hands, to save his adjoining dwelling house and other premises. The danger of the foundry catching was still greater, for the high weatherboard wall was within only a few feet of the scene of conflagration. Fortunately for the proprietors, they had taken a wise precaution, and in the moulding room itself was a well 25 feet deep full of water, surmounted by an excellent force-pump, to which about 20 feet of hose, and a hose-pipe was attached. The pump was soon manned, and the nozzle of the hose-pipe directed on one side of the wall, to counteract on one side the heat of the on the other. Had this not been done a very large amount of property would have been destroyed, for against the wall were piled a mass of coke-bags quite full, and a large number of old patterns dry as tinder, and had they caught nothing could have saved the valuable machinery, &c., of the foundry. In about twenty minutes however the workshop was down little damage being done, save the destruction of about £150 worth of furniture, tools, &c., belonging to Mr Doane and his workmen, and the charring of the foundry wall, which was replaced in a few hours at a cost of about £20. It is, however, the cause of the fire that makes it mysterious. The foundry fire was put out at half-past seven the previous evening, and the only fire used in the workshop was in the middle of the previous day when some glue was heated. Mr Doane has stated his opinion that here must be some incendiary work in it, and expressed a belief that it was impossible fire from the foundry could have smouldered so long. It is hardly likely there will be an inquest, as no one is ready to pay the coroner’s fee, but such a step would appear to be very desirable. We may mention that several of the Eastern Fire Brigade men were present, though they did not bring their engine, as their force was not great enough to drag it over the bad road kindly provided by the Eastern Council. We were also informed by one of the proprietors of the Phoenix Foundry, that water was refused at the stand-pipe unless paid for.[2]

Legacy

Former Mayor of Ballarat.


Architect of additional portions of the Benevolent Asylum.

'The Former Baptist Church, 3 Dawson Street, Ballarat, was designed by J. A. Doane, begun in 1866 - 67 and completed externally in 1875 - 1879.'[3]

Former St James' Presbyterian Church, 10 Creswick Street, Miners Rest - designed, built and opened in 1859.[4]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Barkly Street, Ballarat - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1860.[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Brown Hill, Ballarat - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1869.[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cheshunt Street, Sebastopol - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1869.[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, corner Dana Street and Lydiard Street, Ballarat - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1883.[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Golden Point, Ballarat - desigend by J. A. Doane and completed in 1867.[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Little Bendigo - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1865.[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Mount Pleasant - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1865.[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Neil Street, Ballarat - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1867.[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Pleasant Street, Ballarat - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1867. (With additions in 1886 designed by C. D. Figgis.)[5]

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Scotchman's Lead - built 1864

Wesleyan Methodist Church, Wendouree - designed by J. A. Doane and completed in 1867.[5]

Primitive Methodist Church, Beverin Street, Sebastopol[6]

Primitive Methodist Church, Eyre Street, Ballarat[7]

Primitive Methodist Church, Lyons Street, Ballarat[8]

See also

Notes

References

  1. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.
  2. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Monday 18 July 1859, page 2. Digital copy accessed via Trove.
  3. Victorian Heritage Database - Former Baptist Church
  4. Dr David Rowe and Wendy Jacobs, Former St. James' Presbyterian Church, 10 Creswick Street, Miners Rest: Heritage Assessment Prepared for the City of Ballarat, March 2012. Available from ballarat.vic.gov
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 ancestry.com - Ballarat s to z
  6. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.
  7. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.
  8. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.

Further Reading

External links

The Miners' Church, Buninyong

'Former Chamber of Commerce: 42 - 46 Sturt Street, Ballarat Central'




--Sallyanne Doyle 20:04, 3 February 2013 (EST); --Sallyanne Doyle 13:07, 3 February 2013 (EST); --Beth Kicinski 15:17, 7 March 2013 (EST)

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