Subseries Subseries 17 - Job B85 Humanities building, James Cook University.

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UQFL117-Series A-Subseries 17


Job B85 Humanities building, James Cook University.


  • 1969-1972 (Creation)

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1 volume (21 architectural drawings) + 66 architectural drawings.

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Administrative history

James Birrell commenced his own practice in 1966 after resigning from his position as Architect with the University of Queensland. At this time he also acquired the firm of Scorer and Scorer, which formed the basis of his first jobs. One of those jobs was the Agrictulture and Entomology Buidling at University of Queensland a Scorer and Scorer commission from the Co-ordinator General of the Queensland Government's Department of Works. James Birrell & Partners had offices at various times in Brisbane, Townsville, Port Moresby, and Maroochydore with various partners (including Lorant Kulley, Philip Conn, Richard Stringer and Lindsay Mack). Birrell wound the business up in 1997.

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While working as University Architect for the University of Queensland, the Co-Ordinator General of the Department of Public Works asked Birrell to design the campus plan for the The University College of Townsville. The College, to be an extension college of University of Queensland, was opened in February 1961. Birrell designed several of its early buildings between 1964 and 1970. The plans in this subseries are from after Birrell resigned as University of Queensland Architect. There are plans for Stages 1 and 2 of the Humanities building, including some plans by contractors or plans designed collaboratively. Stage 1 has 7 drawings. Stage 2 has 1 volume (21 drawings) and 59 architectural drawings.

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Oversize folder 35: 7 architectural drawings + 1 volume (21 architectural drawings).
Oversize folder 36: 29 architectural drawings.
Oversize folder 37: 32 architectural drawings.

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Unrestricted access

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Copyright applies

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  • English

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Oversize folders 35-37


Previously housed in Folder 36 as A19.

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Created, Linda Justo, 2-Mar-2021




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Physical storage

  • Oversize folder: UQFL117 Oversize folder 35
  • Oversize folder: UQFL117 Oversize folder 36
  • Oversize folder: UQFL117 Oversize folder 37