Historic Themes for Buildings listed by the Tasmanian National Trust - Historic Architects


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7-1: Historic Tasmanian Towns

7-2: Historic Tasmanian Architects

7-3: Historic Tasmanian Families

7-4: Early Architecture of Tasmania



Henry Hunter (architect)
Henry Hunter (architect)

Gatehouse at 1 St John's Avenue (1841)
Gatehouse at 1 St John's Avenue (1841)

7-2. Historic Tasmanian Architects




Until transportation was abolished in 1853, Tasmania's public works were constructed by convicts.
  • The Derwent and Port Dalrymple settlements each had an Inspector and a Superintendent of Public Works by 1807, although people occupying these positions did not necessarily have expertise in public works, and usually held several other positions.
  • Text with thanks to Pillars of a Nation

John Elliot ADDISON

(1796 - 1848)

Scots Uniting (Presbyterian) Church Bathurst Street, Hobart
Scots Uniting (Presbyterian) Church Bathurst Street, Hobart

Read More: Organ History Trust of Australia http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/HobartScots.html



Interior of Scots Church Hobart
Interior of Scots Church Hobart

This is an Early Gothic stone and slate roofed building designed by J.E. Addison, and built 1834-6 with smooth façade and packed sides, featuring a central tower like parapet and four small spires. The adjacent Hall attributed to W. Wilson and built in 1834 was the original St Andrew’s Church and the oldest Presbyterian Church building in Australia.





John Lee ARCHER


John Lee Archer (1791-1852), architect and engineer
John Lee Archer (1791-1852), architect and engineer



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Campbell Street Gaol 1829.
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St George's Anglican Church
  • (1791 - 1852)
  • (1827-1838 Civil Engineer and Colonial Architect)
Read more:
Biography - John Lee Archer - Australian Dictionary of Biography
adb.anu.edu.au/biography/archer-john-lee-1713John Lee Archer (1791-1852), architect and engineer, was born on 26 April 1791, the only son of John Archer, an engineer of County Tipperary and Dublin, ...
John Lee Archer - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lee_ArcherJohn Lee Archer was the Civil Engineer and Colonial Architect in Van Diemen's Land, serving from 1827 to 1838. During his tenure, Archer was responsible for ...
Personal life · ‎Notable works · ‎List of works · ‎Gallery
John Lee Archer
www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian.../John%20Lee%20Archer.htmJohn Lee Archer. Thomas Dodd, 'Ross Bridge', undated (ALMFA, SLT). John Lee Archer (1791–1852), architect and engineer, trained in London and later ...
[PDF]John lee archer - Parliament of Tasmania
www.parliament.tas.gov.au/php/MuseumArcher.pdfParliamentary History Project. JOHN LEE ARCHER: Architect, Engineer and Magistrate. John Archer, of Cooliney, County Tipperary was the Resident Engineer ...
Archer, John Lee (1791-1852) - People and organisations - Trove
nla.gov.au/nla.party-1466743John Lee Archer (1791-1852), architect and engineer, was born on 26 April 1791, the only son of John Archer, an engineer of County Tipperary and Dublin

  • Born in Ireland in 1791, Archer trained with a London architect and then worked for five years with John Rennie, who designed three of the bridges over the River Thames.
    • He returned to Ireland to work on architectural and engineering projects for eight years.
  • In December 1826 the British Secretary of State for the Colonies appointed him Civil Engineer for Van Diemen's Land, and Governor Arthur appointed him to Lambe's position as well when he arrived in Hobart in 1827.
    • He served for 11 years as Civil Engineer and Colonial Architect, and was relieved of responsibility for military construction in 1836, when officers of the Royal Engineers arrived.
    • His position was abolished reluctantly in 1838 by Lieutenant-Governor Franklin, who appointed Alexander Cheyne to a new position of Director of Public Works.

  • Archer designed the following Tasmanian structures:
    • Parliament House, Hobart
    • Penitentiary Chapel, Brisbane St, Hobart
    • Hobart court houses & original police station
    • Book John Lee Archer $(KGrHqVHJBkE9!JzSZ8kBPRfcZtB4g--60_35.JPGCanteen Building, Drill Hall and Subalterns’ Quarters at Anglesea Barracks
    • Ordnance Stores on Castray Esplanade
    • Richmond Gaol
    • Oatlands Gaol
    • Female House of Correction in Launceston
    • Factory building on Maria Island
    • Female Factory at Cascades
    • Willow Court Barracks in New Norfolk
    • Chaplain’s Cottage and the Commandant’s House, Maria Island
    • Gaoler’s House in Richmond
    • Low Head Lighthouse, and the Cape Bruny Lighthouse
    • Bridgewater Causeway
    • The Ross Bridge
    • St. George’s Anglican Church in Battery Point
    • St. John’s Church in New Town
    • St. John’s Church in Ross
    • St. Luke’s Church in Campbell Town
    • St. Luke’s Church of England in Richmond
    • St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Bothwell
    • St. Peter’s Church in Hamilton
    • St. Paul’s Church in Stanley


William ARCHER


(1820 - 1874), first Tasmanian born architect. Hutchins School, Hobart


Orlando BAKER


(1891 ? - 1911) Draftsman
  • Born in Gloucestershire, England, around 1834, Baker became a member of the Society of Architects. The dates of his arrival in Tasmania and subsequent appointment in Public Works are unclear. He served as principal architectural draftsman until his retirement in 1911. He is remembered for the fine architecture of the Hobart Customs House, 1902. He died in 1912


James BLACKBURN


(10 August 1803 – 3 March 1854)

James Blackburn was born in England in 1803, the son of John and Anne Blackburn. He married Rachel Hems in 1826.
James Blackburn
James Blackburn

An English civil engineer, surveyor and architect best known for his work in Australia, to where he had been transported as a sentence for forgery in 1833.
  • He arrived in Hobart on 14th November. His wife and daughter arrived about 2 years later.

It did not take long for him to find employment. He started working for the Department of Roads and Bridges. He became an important figure in the Department, taking charge of much of the road-making and engineering work on Tasmania (then Van Diemen's Land).
  • From 1836, Blackburn began petitioning for his pardon. Many of Hobart's leading citizens vouched for his good character. He was finally granted free pardon in 1841.

He beccame partners with James Thomson (another ex-convict) and successfully contracted for buildings such as:
  • the Tudor lodges at St John's, New Town (1841-42)
  • Bridgewater Bridge (1846-49)

In 1849 he and his family moved to Melbourne. He began work again, as an engineer and architect. Soon he was appointed city surveyor.
  • In 1850-1, he produced what is believed to be his best non-architectural work - the basic design of the Melbourne water supply. The design showed how to get water from the Yan Yean reservoir by way of the Plenty River.
  • In January 1852, after falling from a horse, Blackburn fell ill with typhoid. This eventually led to his death in March 1854. He left behind 5 children.
From - On the Convict Trail:

Holy Trinity Church, Hobart
Holy Trinity Church is located in Warwick Street, Hobart and was heritage-listed on the Australian Register of the National Estate in 1978.

It is also listed on the Australian Heritage Places Inventory and the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

The church is regarded as a building of national heritage significance, with a bell tower regarded as being of international heritage significance.
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Holy Trinity Church was designed as a place of Christian worship for the Church of England by convict architect James Blackburn, an Englishman who was transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1833 for forgery.

The church is in the Gothic Revival style with cathedral-like proportions along a north-south axis and is regarded as perhaps his greatest work. It is convict built on a fine hilltop (Potter's Hill).

The foundation stone was laid in 1841 by Tasmanian Lieut-Governor Sir John Franklin.
Read more:
On the Convict Trail
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  • Many view Blackburn's architectural masterpiece to be Hobart's Holy Trinity Church (1840-47), which was designed in the Gothic style.

A few of Blackburn's designs mark the earliest colonial appearances of the Romanesque style in the history of Australian architecture. These buildings are:

According to the Australian Dictionary of Biography,
  • Blackburn "has claims to be considered one of the greatest engineers of his period in Australia, and his architectural achievements established him as Tasmania's most advanced and original architect."[1][2]

He was key to the formation of the Department of Public Works in 1839, serving as one of its core members under Alexander Cheyne.
  • On 3 May 1841 he was pardoned, whereupon he entered private practice with James Thomson, another a former convict. Among the notable constructions of the firm was the swing Bridgewater Bridge completed in 1849.
Holy Trinity Church is a grand, convict-built heritage-listed building
Holy Trinity Church is a grand, convict-built heritage-listed building


In April 1849, Blackburn sailed from Tasmania with his wife and ten children to start a new life in Melbourne.
  • Blackburn and his family moved to Melbourne, where in addition to resuming his architect career, and pursuing other business interests, he became city surveyor.
  • His most notable effort in this role was the conception and design of a water supply system for Melbourne which drew from the Yan Yean Reservoir. On 24 October 1849 he was appointed Melbourne city surveyor, and in 1850-51 produced his greatest non-architectural work, the basic design and fundamental conception of the Melbourne water supply from the Yan Yean reservoir via the Plenty River.
    • Three years later, on 3 March 1854, Blackburn died of typhoid, with five of his ten children, eight of which had been born in Australia, surviving him.

Between 1839 and 1841, Blackburn was involved in
  • the designs of Government buildings and churches.
  • Tudor lodges at St John's, New Town (1841-42) (actually a watch-house)
    Gatehouse at 1 St John's Avenue (1841)
    Gatehouse at 1 St John's Avenue (1841)
    Church & Orphans School, St John's Avenue New Town 1872
    Church & Orphans School, St John's Avenue New Town 1872
  • In 1841, he was involved with the completion of Bridgewater Causeway.
    • In August he submitted a proposal with James Thomson but further changes and delays were made. The project was finally begun in March 1847 and the bridge were opened in April 1849.
  • Bridgewater Bridge (1846-49)

Stylistically the masterpiece of Blackburn's Gothic work, which looks forward to the Gothic Revival of the next decade, is Holy Trinity, Hobart (1840-47).
St Mathew's Church Rokeby
St Mathew's Church Rokeby

Smaller examples range from
to those attributed by the writer Harley Prestonsuch as the
    • unfinished St Mary's, Kempton (1838-44) and
    • the minuscule Congregational Chapels at Bagdad (1842, now mutilated) and Cambridge (1842-43).
    • (The Port Arthur church (1836-41) has no connexion with him.)
  • Of outstanding importance in the history of Australian architecture are three Romanesque or Neo-Norman works which mark one of the earliest colonial appearances of the style, being all designed in 1839 and built within four years:
    • St Mark's, Pontville;
    • St Mark's Anglican Church, Pontville : exterior [photo: Trevor Bunning (2009)]
      St Mark's Anglican Church, Pontville : exterior [photo: Trevor Bunning (2009)]
    • St Matthew's, Glenorchy,
    • St Matthew's Church, Glenorchy
      St Matthew's Church, Glenorchy

    • Sorell Presbyterian Church
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    • and its near repetition,
    • the former St Andrew's, Evandale.

This unique style was modified into an Italian villa variant as early as
    • the Glenorchy watch-house (1837-38, demolished),
    • Spring Hill watch-house (1839-40),
    • Longford gaol (1839-42, mostly demolished),
    • New Town Congregational Church
      New Town Congregational Church
    • the important and picturesque New Town Congregational Church (1842-45) and
    • imposing additions to Rosedale, Campbell Town (1848-50).

  • Blackburn was the foremost, although not the earliest, exponent of Greek Revival forms in Tasmania in
    • the Lady Franklin Museum (1842-43) and
    • the Public Offices portico, Hobart (1841-42).
    • St George's, Battery Point, an aggregate from four architectural hands, is dominated by Blackburn's tower and vestries (1841-47) where its Regency Greek manner is under slight Egyptianizing influence in conformity with John Lee Archer's nave (1836-38).

  • Further picturesque Tudor works are
    • old Trinity rectory, Hobart (1840-42),
    • designs (unbuilt) for a public school in Hobart (1839) and
The Grange, a Gothic Revival mansion in Tasmania, and one of James Blackburn's finest works
The Grange, a Gothic Revival mansion in Tasmania, and one of James Blackburn's finest works

    • the proposed New Norfolk College (1841),
    • and for Dr William Valentine at Campbell Town, The Grange (c.1848-49).
  • Besides many ambitious alternative plans in a variety of styles for Lady Franklin's Government House, there are many attributions by the writer Harley Preston and innumerable routine and minor public buildings, for example the
    • 'Gothic' watch-house, now the Bellerive Library (1841-42, much altered),
    • all of which indicate, even when they were not supervised by Blackburn, his technical proficiency, resourcefulness and fecundity of imagination as a designer.

Francis BUTLER


(1823 - 1916) - Shene Stables
  • (1871-1873 Director of Public Works and Roads, Superintendent of Surveys)

Butler was born in England in 1823, and the following year his parents emigrated to Van Diemen's land, leaving him in the care of his aunt. After completing his architectural studies he followed his parents to Van Diemen's Land.
  • He served for two years as Director of Public Works, assisted by Chief Clerk James Gray, who had served under Falconer.In addition there was a second clerk and office keeper.
  • At the time of his retirement Butler was Commissioner for Taxes. He designed the Commercial Bank of Tasmania in Macquarie Street. He died in 1916.




  • Records for 1875 show the Honorable William Moore as Director of Public Works and Director General of Roads. His staff consisted of two clerks, a draftsman, and two superintendents of works.


Alexander CHEYNE


(1838-41 Director of Public Works)
  • He was the son of Henry Clayton of Wickford, Norfolk Plains, where he was probably born.
  • He was educated at the Longford Hall Academy and went to England with his family in March 1840. He returned, married, eight years later.

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography states that he had studied architecture, engineering and surveying under master Sir John Rennie, and qualified in Brussels.
During the ensuring fifteen years Clayton designed a number of important buildings,
  • The Public Library, Launceston
  • Presbyterian Church of St Andrew
  • Chalmers Church.
  • He was also the architect of the Anglican Church of St Mark at Deloraine.
    Alexander CHEYNE architect - the Watch House served many of the functions of a modern day police station
    Alexander CHEYNE architect - the Watch House served many of the functions of a modern day police station

    Designed by Alexander Cheyne in 1838, the Watch House served many of the functions of a modern day police station.
    Designed by Alexander Cheyne in 1838, the Watch House served many of the functions of a modern day police station.

    In response to economic stringencies, Governor Franklin abolished the position of Colonial Architect and appointed Alexander Cheyne as Director of Public Works in 1838.
    During his term work revolved around roads, drainage and bridges.


    Cheyne was ably assisted by James Blackburn, an engineer transported to Van Diemen's Land for forgery.
    In April 1863 Clayton emigrated to New Zealand where in 1839 he became Colonial Architect.


William Henry CLAYTON


(1823 - 1877) - Public Library Launceston


T.S. CRAMER


  • Arrived by the Esther on 7 april 1843.
  • A fortnight later he advertised as a 'Professor of Landscape and Architectural Drawing and the French and the German languages'.
  • Whether he or C.F. Hunt was the architect of Richard Lewis's store, now the Red Cross House, cannot be proved.
  • Cramer probably left the colony in December 1846.


Robert DE LITTLE

(1808 - 1876) - St Johns Orphan Schools, Overton House, Windermere Anglican Church

Son of John De Little who was in charge of building the Orphan Schools and St. John's Church at New Town.
  • Robert De Little came to the colony in 1830 and two years later moved to Launceston where he established himself as a builder and architect.

Among his architectural works are
  • the former Launceston church Grammar School building (now Overton House)
  • and the Anglican Church of St. Matthias, Windermere.
  • The original design of S Peter's Church, Oatlands, is also his, but the proportions were somewhat altered, probably by the builders.

William Waters ELDRIDGE


(1879-1892) Architect and Chief Draftsman

Eldridge was born in Brighton, England around 1850 and began his career as a junior draftsman before working as an architect. He traveled to Australia in 1876, and joined the Public Service in Tasmania in 1878.
  • The following year he became Government Architect on an annual salary of 350 pounds.
  • After resigning in 1892 to enter private practice, he returned to government employment as Draftsman/Architect with the Tasmanian Government Railways.

He died in 1933 and was buried at Cornelian Bay. Remembered as a short stern man, who sang lustily in All Saints Church, Macquarie Street, bouts of alcoholism and financial problems may have contributed to his premature departure from the post of Government Architect.
  • An obituary described him as a familiar figure in Hobart, who was held in high esteem.
  • He is remembered for his fine architecture, which includes
  • the Government Offices facing Franklin Square, and
  • Launceston's Post Office and Customs House.
  • In addition the post offices at Campbell Town, Ross and Oatlands are attributed to him.


George FAGG


(1848 - 1897) Architect, Elizabeth St., Hobart
See also page: Architect George Fagg

  • British architect George Fagg M.S.A. arrived in Tasmania in 1885 and died at Claremont, 16 December 1897.
    See death notice in the Mercury Hobart December 17th 1897, p. 1. (reproduced below)
  • George Fagg practised as an architect in his office in London and in 1885 left with his son for Tasmania where they practised in Hobart for about ten years.
Tasmanian Exhibition, staged in Launceston
Tasmanian Exhibition, staged in Launceston

  • George Fagg won the Tasmanian Exhibition Medal in 1891 for Architectural Drawings
    • In Tasmania, a series of arts and industrial exhibitions led up to international exhibitions held in Launceston in 1891/92 and Hobart in 1894/95.
    • The Tasmanian Exhibition, staged in Launceston over four months in the summer of 1891-1892, was the biggest event ever to be held in Launceston, attracting some 262,059 visitors.
    • "The exhibition had effectually removed the slur cast upon Tasmania by people who called it Sleepy Hollow, for it had shown that its people could do as well as any others, perhaps better." - p 16.

  • He also conducted a major renovation of Theatre Royal in 1890.
    See tender notice: Geo. Fagg, Hobart.
  • Tenderers listed for alterations to Theatre Royal, Hobart, in the Australasian Builder and Contractor's News 24.5.1890.

  • Father of William George Fagg, an architect who worked in South Africa
    • "A partner in a well-known Cape Town firm, BLACK & FAGG, Fagg was active as an architect in Cape Town from about 1895 until 1938.
    • He was the son of a British architect, George Fagg, MSA, and was probably born in Britain where he was educated at the Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon, Surrey.
    • He trained as an architect in his father's office in London and in 1885 left with his father for Tasmania where they practised in Hobart for about ten years. George Fagg died in 1897, having won the Tasmanian Exhibition Medal in 1891 for Architectural Drawings 'most of which were my work' (W Fagg's comment in his LRIBA nom papers).
    • In the papers he stated which jobs were his 'work entirely' and listed a number of buildings he designed in Tasmania. After the death of his father, Fagg left Tasmania for South Africa in 1897 to work for WilliamBLACK of Cape Town, who himself had come to South Africa from Australia in 1893."


  • Baptist Tabernacle in Elizabeth St., Hobart (1886-1889)
Baptist Tabernacle in Elizabeth St., Hobart
Baptist Tabernacle in Elizabeth St., Hobart

  • Fagg, M.S.A., Architect, 2 Lord's Buildings, Elizabeth St., Hobart, calls tenders for the erection of the new baptist Tabernacle in Elizabeth St., Hobart. Launceston Examiner 24.11.1886

  • The contract to erect the edifice was awarded to the contractors, Stabb Brothers. The foundation stone was laid on 5 October 1887, in the presence of about 300 people.
  • A bottle was placed underneath the stone containing a copy of the “Day Star”, “The Mercury” and “Tasmanian News”, and a parchment scroll.
  • The Tabernacle was opened for worship on 20 January 1889 with Rev. McCullough still the pastor of the church.

  • St. George's Church & Anglican Bishop's house (1888)
    • The Launceston Examiner reports that Fagg has examined the Anglican Bishop's house and said it would cost at least 1000 pounds to repair. Launceston Examiner 3.5.1888
    • George Fagg has given his opinion that the fracture in the keystone will not affect the stability of St. George's Church. R. Huchson concurred. Launceston Examiner 16.10.1888

  • St. Mary’s Cathedral, bell tower (1888)
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    (Tasmanian News (Hobart, Tas. : 1883 - 1911: Mon 15 Oct 1888 Page 3)


  • Cottage Hospital at Campbell -Town (1889)
    17.10.1888: Fagg calls tenders for the erection of a hospital at Campbell Town. His address: 2 Lord's Place, Elizabeth St., Hobart.
    Launceston Examiner 17.10.1888:
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Winmarleigh Lodge and Stables, 6 Morris Avenue, Taroona TAS 7053
Winmarleigh Lodge and Stables, 6 Morris Avenue, Taroona TAS 7053

  • Winmarleigh, Tarooma; (1889-1892)
  • and the classic ‘Winmarleigh Lodge & Stables’ building,
    a two-storey
    Federation, Queen Anne style statement.Fagg designed Winmarleigh in Taroona for H.W. Bayley, a Hobart stockbroker.
    • It was built of stone in 1892 and "is a magnificent example of the fully developed late Victorian colonial 'extravaganza' style of residential building."
    • Illus. Kingborough Council, National Estate Study Municipality of Kingborough, 1976, pp 23-24
    • "Breathtaking" Winmarleigh. Taroona
      "Breathtaking" Winmarleigh. Taroona


Winmarleigh
Winmarleigh

  • "Even today, its interior is little changed from the original design."
    • Illus. J.N.D. Harrison, The National Trust in Tasmania, Cassell Australia, pp 215-17
  • Bishops Court, Hobart (1889)
    • Bishopscourt has been until recently the home of the Anglican Bishop of Hobart for over 100 years. The early part of the main house was designed by Henry Hunter, and the massive Federation extension is by George Fagg.
    • Included as part of the Fagg designed works was a separate brick schoolhouse near the rear entry. It was the beginning of Collegiate School, and one of its earliest pupils was ‘Monty’, Field Marshall Montgomery, of El-Alamein fame, who lived in the house from.
    • The property now belongs to Dermot and Rebecca Crean, and it is now their family home
    • Heritage listed Bishopscourt residence, Hobart c.1836
      Heritage listed Bishopscourt residence, Hobart c.1836

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  • Parattah Hotel, Oatlands (1889)

  • Parattah Hotel, built in 1889
    Parattah Hotel, built in 1889
    Parattah is a small township in Tasmania, located approximately 6 kilometres (4 mi) southeast of the town of Oatlands. At the2011 census, Parattah had a population of 360.[1]
The area is home to about 100 families, and contains many historic buildings, such as
    • a farmhouse which was once home to Hudson Fysh, one of the founders of Qantas, and a historic railway station.
    • The main street contains a number of attractive dwellings dating from the town's heyday, some of which are currently undergoing restoration.

    • The village retains the original general store, the impressive Tudor style 'Parattah Hotel' and a number of historic churches.
  • The Parattah Hotel was built by W. Cheverton to plans by George Fagg for the Parattah Hotel Company. Illus. Nat. Trust News, No. 85, Oct. 1983, p.5

  • Theatre Royal (1890)
Theatre Royal, Hobart
Theatre Royal, Hobart
Theatre Royal, Hobart
Theatre Royal, Hobart



  • He conducted a major renovation of Theatre Royal in 1890.
  • See tender notice: Geo. Flagg, Hobart. Tenderers listed for alterations to Theatre Royal, Hobart,
  • in the Australasian Builder and Contractor's News 24.5.1890.

  • The Coffee Palace (later the Imperial) in Collins Street, Hobart
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  • Murray Street Hobart, Shops for A.P. Miller and Son, Chemists (1890)
Miller's Corner Date 1904.
Miller's Corner Date 1904.

  • A. P. Miller's Drug Establishment photographed by Anson Brothers, Hobart.
  • Architectural drawing prepared by the architect George Fagg.
  • The Stabb Brothers built the "palatial three-story structure in red brick and Tasmanian freestone, at the corner of Liverpool and Murray Streets" for A.P. Miller and Son, Chemists.
  • It was designed by George Fagg in the Queen Anne Italian style, and has an octagonal tower, balconette and oriel windows. [More details] Tas. Cyc., Vol I, p.351

  • High Peak, Neika (1891-1892)
    Fagg designed "High Peak", a house built in 1892 for C.H. Grant, M.L.C. near the Huon Highway at Neika. "A very academic, Tudor style building."
    • Illus. Kingborough Council, National Estate Study Municipality of Kingborough, 1976, pp 152-153
    • Also see page:

    • High Peak, Neika

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      Fagg remains highly regarded for his work on church buildings, including the chancel and chapel of Hobart's St David's Cathedral.

      • The mountain chalet he designed is a grand, two-storey "Queen Anne" (Victorian Tudor-style) building, with an asymmetrical roof featuring gables of different sizes with battened ends.

      • The exterior woodwork is of rare King Billy pine— the trees were cleared on site—the windowsills are of Huon pine, the lower floor was built of rubble stone collected on the property, and the upper storey features stucco over timber lathes and wire mesh.

      • The home, one of only a few heritage Tudor-style buildings in Tasmania, has a grand formal entrance hall, dining and drawing rooms, children's playroom with separate entrance, a large kitchen, butler's pantry, seven bedrooms, servants' quarters, and a more recently built conservatory/sunroom living area. From the upstairs balcony, the views down over Kingston and the Derwent River are perhaps only surpassed by those from the Mount Wellington summit.

      • Exquisite stained-glass windows brought out from Belgium and featuring rare cranberry glass roundels adorn the front door. The home is decorated with Jacobean-style English oak furniture that was hand-carved in France especially for this summer home.

      • The house and tennis court at High Peak sit at the bottom of highly significant gardens, which have thrived in annual rainfall of over a metre (twice that of Hobart) and rich volcanic soil. Read More NorthernArchitecture

  • Re: Building and Engineering Journal.
    • The present number has some excellent illustrations, one depicts Mr C. H. Grant’s new residence, “ High Peak,” on the Huon road, and the other the handsome new residence on the Brown’s River road built for Mr H. W. Bayley. Both are built from designs of Mr George Fagg, M.S, architect.
    • 'High Peak', on the slopes of Mt Wellington, was designed by George Fagg in the late 1800s as a summer retreat for Charles Grant and his family. The elaborately carved cabinet and chairs in the main hall are some of the pieces of Jacobean-style English oak furniture especially hand-carved in France for the house.
    • ‘High Peak’ at Neika on the slopes of Mt Wellington is an 1891 Queen Anne style house. The extensive garden was started soon after the house was completed, its early establishment evidenced by huge old conifers on the drive and many other large old trees and shrubs.


  • Magdalen Home and Convent of the Good Shepherd (1892)
    "Erected at Sandy Bay by the Roman Catholics of Hobart under the will of the late Very Rev. W. J. Dunn, formerly Vicar-General of this diocese.
Magdalen Home (1893 - 1974)
Magdalen Home (1893 - 1974)


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  • "The present building is arranged to form the centre and right wing of a larger one for future completion, and contains the administrative offices, which are consequently larger than the immediate requirements necessitate.
  • On the ground floor are the entrance hall, stone staircase, sisters' apartments, dining hall (which will be for the present divided to provide a chapel), large classroom (etc)"
    (The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) View title info Mon 15 Aug 1892 Page 3)



  • St Clements Church, Kingston (1894)
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    George Fagg's office designed the wooden St Clements Church, Kingston, in a late Victorian and Gothic inspired style. [Corner of Channel Highway and Beach Rd.]
    • Illus. Kingborough Council, National Estate Study Municipality of Kingborough, 1976, pp 51-52


Port Arthur Town Hall buildings
Port Arthur Town Hall buildings

  • Fagg had the Port Arthur asylum building reconstructed for the Tasman Council for use as Council Chambers.
  • Crawford de Bavay and Cripps, To Conserve Port Arthur, Final Report, Vol.1, p.27Read more: On the Convict Trail: The Asylum Port Arthur

  • St David's Cathedral (1896)
    "The chancel, side chapel, chancel aisles, and vestries of the cathedral which have just been completed, are in the main in accord with the original design, and from the plans of Messrs. Bodley and Garner, of London, carried out under the supervision of Mr. G. S. Fagg, the local architect, and commenced early in December, 1890;"
The chancel, side chapel of St David's Cathedral Hobart
The chancel, side chapel of St David's Cathedral Hobart

  • " I feel that it should be pointed out that the greater part of the Cathedral, as it now stands, is the work of Mr. (Henry) Hunter, who, some year since, prepared a design for the entire completion, which, however, was not fully carried out at the time.
  • "In what is being done now I am endeavouring to follow the spirit of his intentions, which I consider to be due to his memory."
    • Yours, etc., GEORGE FAGG. 9, Elizabeth-street. (The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) Mon 2 Nov 1896 Page 4)

St. James Anglican Church, Ranelagh, Tasmania
St. James Anglican Church, Ranelagh, Tasmania


  • St. James Church of England, Ranelagh (1896)
    The Anglican Church of St James, 1 Louisa Street, Ranelagh TAS, Australia
    Victorian with Gothic detail. Detailed in the Tasmanian Heritage Assessment 1985
  • St. Joseph's Church (1896)
    "During the past couple of months the sanctuary of St. Joseph's Churoh has undergone a complete renovation under the supervision of Mr. George Fagg, architect, of Elizabeth Street. The whole of the sanctuary has been re-decorated." (The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Fri 25 Dec 1896 Page 1 ST. JOSEPH'S CHURCH.)


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Baptist Tabernacle church in Clarence Street, Perth, Tasmania.(1899)
  • The church was designed by English architect George Fagg and built in 1889 by William Gibson. The church is said to have Indian influence, but Byzantine.
  • Erected in 1889 by William Gibson of ‘Native Point’, architecture by George Fagg during a visit from England, basically of European style but with strong Indian influences introduced, it is said, as a result of Mr Gibson’s travels in the east, or the visit to Perth of the Reverend Black, Indian missionary. It contains an Italian marble tablet to Mr and Mrs Gibson 'of the Point’.

Obituary - George Fagg

Universal regret was expressed in the city to-day when it was announced that Mr George Fagg, architect, of this city, had expired at his residence, New Town.
  • The deceased, who has been unwell for some time, burst a blood vessel, and notwithstanding that he had the best medical aid, succumbed.
  • He arrived in the colony some 13 or 14 years since, bringing with him a high reputation from the Old Country as an architect of eminence, and many of our large public and private buildings were designed by him.
  • His latest work was designing the extension to Mary 's Roman Catholic Cathedral, a work of some magnitude. He was a large-hearted philanthropist, and was associated with the carrying on of many of the philanthropic institutions of the city .
  • He was a quiet, unassuming man, who did not mix him self up in any way with political movements. He was a close reasoner, and charitable to a degree. He and Mrs Fagg have done much during their stay in this city to carry sunshine into many a poor home.
  • He leaves a wife and family to mourn their loss.


Henry G. HUNTER


(1832 - 1892) Tasmania's most prolific Victorian architect - see also Companion to Tasmanian History

Henry Hunter (architect)
Henry Hunter (architect)
Henry G. HUNTER Works

  • Born in Nottingham, England in 1832, Hunter was the son of a builder. He studied at the Nottingham School of Design, and in 1848 emigrated to Adelaide with his parents and sisters. Following the death of his parents, he went to Hobart in 1851, and in the following year traveled to the Victorian goldfields. On his return to Tasmania he worked in the timber industry in the Huon Valley.
  • He began to practise as an architect in 1855 and was a major influence on church architecture. He embraced the revival of the Gothic style, applying it to churches and schools.
  • His major public building was the Hobart Town Hall, commenced in 1862.
  • Hunter was one of the few notable Roman Catholic professional men in Hobart and had long given the congregation of St Joseph's Church 'the beautiful example of a devout Christian life'.
  • He had also dominated the architectural scene in Tasmania where his admiration for Augustus Pugin, leader of the English Gothic revival movement, influenced his work especially in the churches he designed.
    His treatment of this style gave a pleasing effect to even the smallest church while his use of local materials enabled him to blend a wide range of building stone in a delicate manner.
  • He brought wide experience and mature judgment to his profession and was generous in sharing his knowledge with those who studied under his direction.

Stonehenge homestead near Oatlands, designed by Henry Hunter, 1975 (ALMFA, SLT)
Stonehenge homestead near Oatlands, designed by Henry Hunter, 1975 (ALMFA, SLT)


Public buildings

Henry Hunter's plans for Hobart Town Hall
Henry Hunter's plans for Hobart Town Hall
Hobart Town Hall, Hobart[3]


Henry G. HUNTER Churches

Henry G. HUNTER Residences

  • Macquarie Manor, Hobart[14]
  • Stonehenge House, Oatlands[15]
  • Ashleigh House, Hobart[16]
  • Glenelg House, Gretna[17]
  • Airlie House, Hobart[16]
  • Lebrena House, Hobart[16]
  • 2 Mawhera Ave, Hobart[16]
  • Bishopscourt, Hobart[18]
  • St John's Church (now Pendragon Hall) Parsonage, Goulburn Street, Hobart[19]
  • 121 Harrington Street, Hobart.[20]
  • Gattonside, Battery Point[21][22]

Henry G. HUNTER Schools

Other Henry G. HUNTER Buildings


The Queensland Deposit Bank building in 1903.
The Queensland Deposit Bank building in 1903.

Legacy of Henry G. HUNTER

The Henry Hunter gallery in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Henry Hunter gallery in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
The Henry Hunter Prize for Architect is a prize awarded
triennially to architectural projects that involve the "recycling or conservation of historic buildings".[33] The Henry Hunter Galleries, the main permanent art exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery are also named in his honour.[34] A collection of 1800 of his architectural drawings and notes are held by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.[35]
In 2006 the architectural firm founded by him (presently known as Crawford Padas Shurman Architects) celebrated its 150th anniversary of continuous business.[36]

Several of his apprentices went on to be influential architects in their own right; Alan Cameron Walker went on to construct several other notable Tasmanian landmarks, including the General Post Office, Hobart[37]and Leslie Corrie went on to become a prominent Brisbane architect and later Mayor of Brisbane.[38]

William Porden KAY

(1809 - 1897) - Government House, Lands and Survey Dept, Supreme Court, Harbour Master's House, Rokeby Court.

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Government House
Lands and Survey Dept
  • (1843-1847 Colonial Architect and Surveyor of Bridges,
  • 1847 Superintendent of Kings Way,
  • 1848-1858 Director of Public Works and Director of Waterworks

Born in England in 1809, Kay was the grandson of an eminent architect, William Porden. His father was also an architect and a founding member of the Institute of British Architects.
  • After training with his father, Kay was employed by the New Brunswick Land Company and the government. He was invited to Van Diemen's Land by the Lieutenant-Governor, Sir John Franklin, who needed an architect and was not prepared to give the position to either James Blackburn or James Thompson because of their convict backgrounds.
He became Colonial Architect and Surveyor of Bridges under Major James Victor of the Royal Engineers.
  • ... Many small official dwellings, watch houses and offices were built during his term of office. A major project was the building of the Supreme Court along Macquarie Street to Franklin Square (1858).
  • Kay also designed Government House, and the Lands Titles and Deeds building in Davey Street.

Employment

Barrington Lodge
Barrington Lodge

    • Kay lived always in New Town, for some time at Barrington Lodge, now belonging to the Salvation Army, the classicist house he built about 1850 to his own designs.
      • Over the period of Kay's employment, a varied range of activity occupied the Department of Public Works.
      • Particularly important were the new systems of roads, and necessarily, bridges, extending further into the interior.
      • In addition, harbour repairs and enlargements, the reconstruction of Hobart and Launceston wharves, new transport systems, coastal lighthouses, water supply extensions, river improvements and swamp reclamation are recorded.

Architecture

  • Architecturally, this post-depression period (after 1845) is a sparse one, ...
    • Innumerable small official dwellings and offices, and particularly watch-houses were designed and built, sometimes masquerading as tiny Italian villas, ornamental cottages in Tudor or other picturesque styles; a rare surviving example is the diminutive gabled Rokeby watch-house of 1850.
      • Generally, however, the period is noted for considerable extensions, alterations and repairs to earlier buildings, the Italianate additions projected variously between 1849 and 1855 for Government Cottage, Launceston, or the ballroom for old Government House, Hobart (1849-50), being examples.

    • Larger commissions reveal the main styles used by Kay:
      • the symmetrical Tudor St Mary's Hospital (1847-48, now the Department of Lands), a fine example of the Italian villa style;
      • the harbourmaster's house and the former post office (1851, demolished);
      • the round-arched, and monumentally classicist Hobart markets (1851-53, destroyed by fire); and,
      • representing purely utilitarian design, the stone-quoined brick Hobart slaughter houses (1844-59).
      • Of similar style are the addition to the Hobart Criminal Court of 1858-60 (extending John Lee Archer's Penitentiary Chapel, 1831-34) but the contemporary extensions along the Macquarie Street frontage of the Supreme Court buildings, based on Kay's conception and, in part, on his drawings, are more decoratively mid-Victorian.

    • Indeed, Kay's work marks the end of the early phase of Colonial architecture and the full arrival of the more grandiose and ornamental Victorian manner. One of his smallest works, the Gothic Revival Eardley-Wilmot memorial of 1850, reveals his ideals as clearly as his undoubted masterpiece and largest work, Government House, Hobart (1853-58), with its elaborately picturesque massing and romantic Elizabethan-Jacobean style. Read more at the Australian Dictionary of Biography:
      • He was pensioned from 1 January 1859, and on 3 February 1860 he sailed for England in the Isles of the South. He died on 29 April 1897 at Tunbridge Wells.


David LAMBE


(1803 - 1843) - Church of St John Launceston, Richmond Council Chambers
  • (1824-1827 Colonial Architect)
Born in London in 1803, Lambe sailed to Van Diemen's Land with Governor Arthur, arriving in 1824 aboard the Adrian.
  • He was appointed as Colonial Architect on a salary of 150 pounds.
  • During his term of office the town of Richmond burgeoned, with the construction of a gaol, court house, post office, and granary. Its bridge, dating back to 1823, is the oldest in Australia.

  • Lambe's court house (1825) was unique for its time. It accommodated a watch house and hall and was used in due course as council chambers when Richmond elected its first council in 1861.

  • The post office (1826) was extended by a second storey in 1829. Although it has been adapted for other purposes, it is said to be the oldest surviving post office building in Australia.

  • The commissariat stores in Launceston were also built during Lambe's term of office.
  • Lambe was replaced by John Lee Archer in 1827 and turned to farming, although his efforts ended with a meeting of his creditors in 1842, a year before his death.


Peter MILLS



(1826 - 1886) - Launceston Town Hall, Launceston Club
  • Served his apprenticeship to a London builder, became a foreman of a workshop there, emigrated to Tasmania in 1857 and settled in Launceston.
  • He served fro some years as foreman to John Francis, a well-known building contractor before setting himself up as a master builder and architect on his own account.
  • In 1867 he announced that he was to publish a book Architecture for the Colonies which apparently never appeared.
  • The Launceston Examiner of 20 September 1883 wrote that Mills "led the way towards an improved style of architecture in Launceston at a time when but little taste was displayed in this direction, and each new building erected by him usually shows some departure from the beaten track'.
  • His obituary of 9 June 1886 stated that Mills designed and built in Launceston 'Many important buildings including the Town Hall, Commercial, Van Dieman's Land and Savings Banks, the Launceston Club and his late residence.

James Alexander THOMSON


(1805 - 1860)
Was born in Haddington, Scotland, trained as a painter and was transported in 1824, along with a brother, for theft.
He arrived in Tasmania the following year (1825) and was assigned in a supervisory capacity to various Government works.
  • He received a conditional pardon in 1835, a full pardon in 1839 and until his death remained an active and prominent businessman in Hobart.
  • His second marriage to a widow Eliza Ogilvie was in 1830, and a third marriage to another widow, Catherine Jackson, in 1853.
  • From 1841 occasional partnerships with James Blackburn are recorded.
  • Although not a major architect, Thomson undertook extensive commercial and domestic commisssions, and engineering projects such as the New Norfolk bridge (1840-1841).
  • In the mid 1850's Thomson was in Partnership as Thomson and Coockney.
  • Had an active record as a Freemason, and became an alderman of the Municipal Council from 1853-1856 where his prime interest was the Hobart water supply.
  • He died of typhoid on a visit to Scotland.

William WILSON


(1820-1824) Superintendent of Stone Masons
  • Following his appointment in 1820, Wilson was sometimes referred to as the Government Architect.
    • He built the original Supreme Court House on the corner of Macquarie and Murray Streets. It was used by the court even before it was completed, and later used not only for civil and criminal cases, but for public meetings and church services.
    • Within its walls 302 people were sentenced to hang between 1826 and 1842.
    • From 1858 the building served as the post office, with the original portico replaced by a colonnade and an arcaded loggia built along Macquarie Street.
    • In 1905 the post office was moved and the open arches filled in to provide for the Tourist Bureau which then occupied the building.- Scots Church Hall


Alan C. WALKER

(1864 - 1931)

Walker was born in 1864 in Hobart Town. He received his education here and in 1882 was apprenticed to Henry Hunter. He traveled to England to study at University College, London and was admitted as an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1888.
  • He returned to Australia, where he practised in Melbourne, taking an active role in the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects. He returned to Hobart in 1895.
  • In the following years he practised with Douglas Salier and later Archibald Johnston. He served on the Tasmanian Association of Architects, the Board of Architects of Tasmania, and the Council of Arts Society.
  • He was a keen metalworker and enameller. He is remembered for his design of the Hobart Post Office (1901), and Public Library (1904-06). He died in 1931.

Edward WINCH


  • Chuch of St Peter, Hamilton; Narryna, Battery Point; Mount Vernon, Kempton

Arrived in Hobart Town in September 1832 and was soon afterward appointed Chief Clerk and Draftsman in the Engineer's Department. He held that position until 1833.
  • His only known work is the Church of St. Peter, Hamilton, the plans of which were slightly altered by John Lee Archer.
  • Winch then established himself as a builder and an architect. Narryna, Battery Point and Mount Vernon, Kempton were both designed by him.