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Book Launch: Ann O’Connell’s ‘John Jasper Stone’,(1848-1921): Engineer, Architect and Baptist

July 23 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

This project is supported by Create NSW’s Grant Program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government.

John Jasper Stone was born in Shoreditch, a poor part of London and at age seven, arrived in Australia in 1855 with his parents, settling in crowded Surry Hills. As a lad, he joined the Public Works Department in Sydney and trained as a draughtsman, later becoming a civil engineer. In 1888 Stone branched out on his own as a Consulting Engineer, Patent Attorney and Architect and over his working life was involved in many projects across New South Wales.

Ann O’Connell has researched and written a book about Stone, with information and images of his buildings, industrial works and patents that have been identified.  Among these are several houses in Ashfield and also the original Baptist Church in Holden Street.

Ashfield Baptist Church, built in 1885 and opened in January 1886, survives today, hidden behind a shopfront in Holden Street Ashfield.  (Photo courtesy of David Chivers, ADHS Collection)

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Members $5; non-members $10


Jan and Paul Williams

Summer Hill Community Centre

131 Smith Street
Summer Hill, NSW
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