Calvary Group artwork a fitting memorial to the late Senator Brian Harradine

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Calvary Group artwork a fitting memorial to the late Senator Brian Harradine
Master Conservator Tony Colman, Archbishop Julian, and Mrs Harradine inspect the Calvary Group artwork.

A close to life-size depiction of Jesus at Calvary will be installed at St Mary's Cathedral, thanks to the generosity of the family of Senator Brian Harradine who died on April 14 last year.

A major work of liturgical art, the polychromed and gilded carving in English Oak depicts the Gospel scene on Calvary, with Christ on the cross flanked by Our Lady and St John.

It is intended for hanging from the Cathedral roof in the vicinity of the altar. A sanctuary crucifix has an intimate relationship with the Eucharist, and that relationship has the potential to be rendered more visually explicit and liturgically meaningful if the crucifix is hanging above the space of the Eucharist action. 

Archbishop Julian said the instalment was a fitting memorial to Senator Harradine.

"This has been made possible through a generous donation from the family of Senator Brian Harradine, who died having lived a life of great witness to the faith," His Grace said.
"A just man whose politics were shaped fairly and squarely by his deep Catholic faith, the liturgical artwork provides a fitting memorial [to him]."

The 90 year-old artwork was designed by the English architect Frank Howard, whose designs were inspired by the writings of Augustus Welby Pugin, the great architect and close friend of Tasmania's first Bishop William Willson.

Pugin's writings were also inspiration for William Wardell when he designed Hobart's St Mary's Cathedral in 1860.
Office of Liturgy Director Michael McKenna said the artwork was a splendid  addition to the  Cathedral and would be in harmony with the proportions and historical character of the  building.

"It seems most fitting that this Calvary Group should be installed in a building which was the fulfilment of Bishop Willson’s vision here in Hobart, given it was designed for St Catharine’s, Nottingham, a church in the very city in which the then Father Willson laboured for two decades before departing for Tasmania in 1844," he said.

The ‘Brian Harradine Memorial Calvary Group’ is currently receiving the attention of the Hobart master antique furnishings conservator, Tony Colman, to gently clean away ninety years of accumulated grime while carefully retaining its patina of age.

It is hoped the installation of the artwork will take place close to the first anniversary of Senator Harradine's passing in April.