THE long awaited copper shingle spire to complete St Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral was lifted into place by a massive mobile crane this morning.
Weather conditions were perfect for the lift that was witnessed by over 100 spectators and construction workers.
No more than a light breeze was evident as the lift started just before 10am and by 10.15am the crew was making the adjustments to secure the new spire in place above the bell tower.
It means Goulburn’s fine greenstone Cathedral will finally has its spire, completing the 1871 vision of its architects.
The project is the culmination of the Cathedral’s overall $8 million restoration, which started in 2006.
Over the past eight weeks, Sutherland-based outfit Ashford Roofing had been assembling 2000 copper plates onto a frame manufactured by local firm, Pearson Engineering.
Another local, architect Garry Dutaillis designed what has been dubbed the ‘Cathedral’s cap.’
Individual donations and the parish have raised $60,000 towards an $80,000 target for the spire.