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Nikolas Di Maio Project Manager
Traditional Restoration Company Pty Ltd

Dear Nikolas,

I am writing to provide a heartfelt endorsement for the exceptional restoration works conducted by Nikolas and his team in preparation of our sesquicentenary. As Parish Priest at St Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral Goulburn, I have had the privilege of overseeing the restoration project undertaken by Traditional Restoration Company Pty Ltd (TRC), and I can confidently attest to their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to preserving our cultural and spiritual heritage.


Throughout the duration of the project, TRC exhibited a profound understanding of heritage conservation principles and techniques, ensuring that every aspect of the restoration adhered to the highest standards of authenticity and integrity. Their meticulous attention to detail, combined with a deep respect for historical significance, was evident in every phase of the restoration process.


One of the most remarkable qualities of TRC is their ability to seamlessly blend traditional craftsmanship with modern conservation practices. Their team of skilled artisans demonstrated unparalleled craftsmanship, employing age-old techniques to meticulously restore intricate details while employing innovative solutions to address structural challenges and ensure the longevity of the restored heritage site.


Furthermore, I was consistently impressed by TRC’s professionalism and dedication to delivering results that exceeded expectations. They maintained open lines of communication, collaborated effectively with other stakeholders to manage time and budget constraints, and demonstrated flexibility in accommodating evolving project requirements—all of which contributed to the overall success of the restoration endeavour.


In conclusion, I wholeheartedly endorse TRC for any future heritage restoration projects. Their passion for preserving cultural and spiritual heritage, combined with their technical expertise and professionalism, make them an invaluable asset to any endeavour aimed at safeguarding our shared heritage for future generations.


Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Fr Joshy Kurien PP 16 May 2024

Sts Peter & Paul Old Cathedral Goulburn Mission Fr Joshy Kurien PP- 36 Verner St, Goulburn NSW 2580

Apologies for not being available for the celebration tonight.

On behalf of council I would just like to thank everyone for a great project (almost completed).

I have continuously had good reports from Councilors, staff and neighbours for the work you have done and the conduct of your staff and contractors in a difficult and very public working environment.

The conservation of the Sydney Town Hall Clock Tower is an important project for the City Council and the people of Sydney. The building was completed some 130 years ago as a Head Quarters for the City Council and is expected to remain so for a very long time to come.

Thanks go to our consultants and all the subcontractors and suppliers and the good planning and management from Traditional Stonemasonry. There are many parts of the project which will be remembered, particularly the carving of the capitals on the footpaths, the careful contractions of the roof deck and the difficult execution of the seismic bracing after nearly 25 years of contemplation by Council and the clock.

We are particularly grateful about your safety records and courteous manner in which your staff have treated the public that surround this very public building. I think you have a great team.

I believe the heritage branch of the Department of Planning is pleased with the project as well.


Geoff Brew Specialist Project Manager

I write to commend the sculptural skill and innovation / public engagement capabilities of the Traditional Restoration Company (TRC). This firm is currently halfway through a programme of re- carving architectural sculpture within the Australian War Memorial’s Commemorative Area.

The Commemorative Area is a rare example of a shrine related to a purpose built museum and archive. The symbolic heart of the Memorial, the Commemorative Area embodies significant creative and technical heritage attributes. The site of daily Last Post Ceremonies, the Commemorative Area possesses a low tolerance for change or disturbance.

The sensitive manner in which TRC approached this job was apparent from the outset: they offered to erect plywood-covered scaffolding, muffling the noise of stone removal and replacement to lessen the project’s impact on the Memorial’s visitors. They covered the scaffold with a high quality graphic image of the wall on which they were working, effectively blending their worksite into the background, again with the effect of lessening the project’s impact on visitors.

Beyond the Commemorative Area, their approach to public engagement and education was also impressive. The stonemason’s banker erected on-site behind the Main Building became a focal point for visitors and staff keen to watch TRC’s stonemasons’ demonstrate their carving skills. With TRC staff cooperation, the Memorial took time-lapse images as the stonemasons recreated 25 of the 26 sculptures being replaced. Two of these time-lapse films have already been edited by Memorial staffand will shortly be up on our website ( The Memorial will film the carving of the 26 th sculpture next year, during the second phase of this project, in tandem with interviewing the sculptor. The sculptor will also conduct a workshop for local heritage and conservation specialists on the art and craft of carving.

To better inform you of the impact and benefits of this project, I append several images of its progress.

If you require further information, please contact me at: Barbara Reeve, Manager, Heritage Preservation Projects, Australian War Memorial, GPO Box 345, Canberra, ACT, 2601, (T:+61 02-6243- 4277).

Barbara HC Reeve FIIC, M.ICOMOS

As requested, the following is a reference, following my many years’ experience in working with you and Traditional. I would be more than happy to receive any calls to further support you.

Stephenson & Turner, as a company who pride themselves in carrying out low‐intrusion heritage projects, seek out people who have expertise, experience and a passion for their specialist areas of work. Traditional fits this bill.

I first got to know Traditional Restoration when working on the Old AMP Building in Customhouse Quay in Wellington, where we were commissioned to refurbish the building’s facades, and repair corrosion to the supporting steel frame. We travelled to Sydney to seek out specific expertise in Hawkesbury River sandstone and, after reviewing a number of your high‐profile projects, were happy to select you to carry out the work.

Before being engaged in the project, you and your team were able to track down with forensic precision, the exact quarry where the stone was excavated and obtain stone from it despite it being ‘closed’. Once we had the Traditional team on board, you were able to work closely with us to carry out physical and laboratory testing on the stonework to identify its key issues and help us formulate a plan of careful repair of not only the stonework but also the faience tiling, which we discovered you were also experts in. Traditional were also able to identify and correct, the poor and incorrect work by previous refurbishment contractors, much of which was clearly contributing to the façade’s issues.

Your team of masons and leadworkers shared your infectious enthusiasm and joy for their craft and produced an outstanding result which, we are pleased to report, is standing the test of time. The care they took in their work is evident through a level of workmanship we rarely see in New Zealand.

Following the completion of the above project Traditional have continued their engagement on the project showing our client’s faith in their work.

We wish you well with your continued work in New Zealand and in particular, with the work in Christchurch you are looking to do, to help us rebuild the little heritage we have left. We know you will raise the bar not only in the way you approach each project but also in how you anticipate they will need to be cared for as they continue to age

Stephenson & Turner NZ Limited

31 January 2024




Our 1887 Heritage listed house recently had its “modern” front door removed and replaced with a faithful reproduction of the original, complete with etched glass side panels and fanlights. This work complements the rest of the house very well, and we are delighted with the outcome.


Dylan and Tony completed all the detailed joinery work, including French polishing, and installation.  Their professional and knowledgeable approach, coupled with their attention to detail, ensured nothing was left to chance.


We would happily use Dylan and Tony again for any further joinery work, knowing we won’t be let down.  They have demonstrated they have the skills and craftsmanship to research and carry out traditional joinery projects to a high standard, making for a satisfying customer/trade relationship.


Linda and John

Hunters Hill

Linda and John-Hunters Hill – front entrance Private home

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

At a time when working for builders is a sure way to end up in the dole queue, working for Traditional Stone is a pleasure from pricing to completion.

We look forward to continuing our working relationship moving into 2014.

As always, if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you in the new year!

Peter Dukino Director - Dukes Painting Services

From: Nick Brady <>
Sent: Wednesday, 8 June 2022 4:15 PM
To: George Burrell <>; James Ginter <>;

Subject: RE: Approved Claim #18 – HOARDING (20)

Thankyou for the excellent service and cooperation throughout the project, the hoarding systems and staff were exceptional.


Nick Brady, Senior Project Manager-Buildcorp The Traditional Hoardings Company - 570 George St, Sydney

I wish to personally thank everyone for the opportunity to supervise the restoration of Blackheath War Memorial from start to finish.

As this has been my first, I could not have been handed a more pleasurable and uncomplicated brief.
So on behalf of the people of the Blackdeath and the Blue Mountains.
I wish to thank you all for such a high standard standout example of the fine detailed craftsmanship.

all the best to all for Christmas and the New year.

Roger Vanamois-Acting Project Management Officer – BMCC Blackheath War Memorial Arch

Sent: Monday, 3 May 2021 4:56 PM

Subject: Thank you – Macleay Regis

Hi Luke,

It’s hard to believe our façade restoration project is almost over.

What started in Oct last year as a simple repair job to some damaged brickwork around the garages, expanded into a much more complex and extensive undertaking. So well done on managing it all so well.

Although there were some setbacks along the way, not least of which was an extensive rainy season, I’m very pleased with the finished project and would like to congratulate you and your team on a job well done. 

On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank you personally for all your hard work throughout the project, including extensive overtime on the weekend of the storm. Our shop tenants too were very complimentary about your hands-on approach, friendly personality, and ‘can-do’ attitude. You were easy to work with  – responsive, cooperative, professional and engaged throughout  – and that was much appreciated. Thank you! 

Thanks again and best wishes


Dr Peter Stewart (MB BCh, MBA) Macleay Regis (Potts Point)