This section is from the book "Modern Buildings, Their Planning, Construction And Equipment Vol5", by G. A. T. Middleton. Also available from Amazon: Modern Buildings.
With old world thoughts and experiences thick upon us, Australian architecture comes as a surprising demonstration of the new. So used have we been to seek out and admire the old buildings, to gather together precedence for our practice, that we find it at first somewhat difficult to reverse the order in these southern lands, where all is new and the old is only fifty years, and the very, very old only marked by the century. Yet even this in itself makes the object of study interesting, and in its very newness there is the charm of novelty and the hope of the virgin field; for the old soil may answer to the tilling of the husbandmen, but what may not come from the soil before untouched ?
Our future hopes for Australian architecture are centred around those now few but hopeful examples of naturalistic treatment of native building material, coupled with restraint and breadth of design, that do so much towards the creation of a truly national style.
When carefully analysed it will be seen how wonderfully the bright sunlight makes for itself effect, even with plain projection of roof eaves and oversailing brickwork and the deep recesses of arch or portico; the broad form is all sufficient without the too common overloading of petty detail and convolution.
The architects of Australia have laid the whole world under tribute for ideas, and many and widely varied in character are the results in the work now before us. Rapid have been the changes from one general tone of design to another, and we cannot help feeling that these changes have, on the whole, been for the betterment of the work. That climate and local conditions will tell more and more upon design we feel sure, and in their telling there may be evolved from the whole, by the passing of the years, that which may be taken as an Australian style, resonant of the soil.