I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.This post is dedicated to the memory of James Barnet, who in his position of 'Colonial Architect' designed and project managed the construction of the new General Post Office in the second half of the 19th century. His was an influential position, a position which he held from 1865 until 1890, and during which he produced over 1,350 works. He listed on his retirement 169 Post and Telegraph offices, 130 Courthouses, 155 Police Stations, 110 lock ups and 20 lighthouses. During his time as Colonial Architect there were 20 separate Parliaments, 16 Ministers and nine different Premiers. . Barnet resigned as Colonial Architect on 30 June 1890. Shortly afterwards the Colonial Architect’s Department was abolished.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones.
So why do I prevaricate? I come to praise Caesar, not to bury him - yeah, yeah, I know; that is already done. In Barnet's case, in my opinion, the good that he did lives after him, and the evil is interred with his bones. In this case, 'evil' is going to far, as any person is a product of his time. And I base my opinion of only two pieces of information. For starters, Barnet was an argumentative egotist. Yesterday, I alluded to the disagreements he had with parliament, the press, and investigators with regard to the spandels on the GPO. But he had this sort of disagreement with many of his commissions. He was nowt but a public servant, albeit a well-placed one. I figured him to be an egotist when I read that one of the heads on the GPO is his, and I include it as the final photograph here.
Her name is not mentioned anywhere! Arrggghhh!!!!!
Yes, within the cameo it says Mrs Barnet. Lordy, lordy, lordy. Talk about goods and chattels ... So, am I praising him, or burying him? The good lives on, so therefore the bad should be laid to rest?
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