|From left: Matthew Johnson, Craig Johnson, Grant Skinner, Sach Killam|
Accordingly, Sach Killam suggested that we focus on fully restoring the upper altar monument, and that we simply restack the remaining pieces for the lower monument in a better configuration, and replace the top slab back in position on top of the pile. In effect, it will look like a low-rise altar monument (without sides or supporting pillars). This will place the focus of attention on the upper altar monument, where most of the family is buried.
Inspection of the Council depot later on 19 November proved that none of the missing stonework from the graves has been stored there following Council cleanups.
Although our fund-raising campaign mentioned restoration of both altar monuments, the eight-member Committee today agreed unanimously that full restoration cannot be done to the lower altar monument if there is no information about its original design. Accordingly, we have agreed to spend $15,200 for the following work:
Reinstallation of Upper Altar tomb on new plinth slab & re stack lower tomb
Supply new Wondabyne Sandstone to suit dimensions for missing pieces of upper Altar tomb
Install existing and new sandstone as per proposal supplied for the upper Altar tomb
Carefully stack remaining pieces of lower vault over gravesite as per proposal
Needless to say, the Committee is both relieved and excited that restoration of this historic site is within our grasp, at last.