Presbytery Roofing Detail

Looking at old Lawrence Collection photos from about 1910, the detail on top of the presbytery (1893) is fascinating. I assume it is a lightening conductor, but the design is so so unusual, does anyone know if there is some significance to the design?
That detail is gone now, but there across the road on the old boy’s national school there is a similar one which is striking to this day. That building was also erected in 1893. Does anyone know if there is some significance in them?

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