Famam Extendimus Factis – Our reputation is extended through deeds

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The Cornwall Mason

OVER 150 YEARS AGO, there was an English mason by the name of William James Veach. The Veitch family traveled from the Germanic section of the Holy Empire (Rome) to Britannia in around 1200AD.

James, father to George Henry Veitch (Veach), worked predominately around the north-eastern corner of England; having hailed from Cornwall.

George Henry Veitch arrived in the Hunter Valley region of NSW around 1850 from England. He was commissioned to come to Australia to work as a request from a relative that was working for the public sector in Parramatta at that time.

George, together with four of his sons, worked on several prominent stone buildings around Australia’s first city, Parramatta; St Patricks’ Cathedral, Parramatta Gaol & Orphanage (pictured above), and private residences in the surrounding streets.

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Bluestone Restoration | Willis Street Winchelsea | VICRestorations | Renovation Projects

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Instead of GIFFING like crazy, please see the following embedded youtube synopsis of all four sides of the bluestone exterior

Project Highlights

Renewing a 150 year old cottage is always rewarding. Although it is a often a journey fraught with blood, sweat and a few tears, the end result is something that is to be enjoyed for another century.

The process of turning random rubble into dressed square stone is definitely rewarding. Doing so will always provide a positive return for the client when selling in the future. The ribbon pointing, as well as the stone patching, will continue to age very well and should actually improve in aesthetics.

Per Ardua Ad Astra — With hardwork to the stars…

Lettering on Sandstone ANZAC Monument | Stone Carving | Heritage Conservation | Victoria

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THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

As Australians will be celebrating the “Great War” 100th year anniversary until 2018, it was a pleasure to help create a monument in Emu Park, QLD in order to help commemorate this special event for the locals; now and into the future.. As requested by Capricorn Sandstone quarry, who had donated a significant amount of the stone featured in the monument, I was commissioned to carry out inscription works for the Lions/ Rotary/ RSL Club in Emu Park who were also working in conjunction with the Bendigo Bank.

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Setting out on Sandstone from Capricorn Stone, Rockhampton QLD

The standard procedure when approaching handcut inscriptions is to set out, gauging proportions, letter size and depth. As each cutter has a different style, just like handwriting, it is important to design the monument and lettering in accordance with the path of the sun.

If facing due west, as this monument was, the lettering really needed to compensate for this lack of light for most part of the day through increasing the size and therefore the depth of the lettering. However, if facing due North, the lettering could have remained natural v-cut. As we were unable to change the position of the monument, and with this in mind, the decision was made to paint the letters.

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The local Mirror commemorating the event and monument.

Lest We Forget.