Collection UQFL222 - Vibert McKirdy Brown Architectural Drawings

Identity area

Reference code



Vibert McKirdy Brown Architectural Drawings


  • 1926-1940. (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

5 oversize folders (169 architectural drawings)

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Vibert McKirdy Brown was born in Natal, South Africa in 1887 and died in 1957. He was living in North Queensland by 1916 where he enlisted and served in the army during World War I. From 1925 Brown advertised himself as an architect. His style was art deco and simplified classical ornamentation. He was an architect in Atherton from 1922 to 1937, in Atherton and Cairns from 1937 to 1939, and in Cairns from 1940 until his retirement in the late 1940s. Two of his buildings have been heritage listed.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Architectural drawings, [1933-1940]
Collection alternatively titled as: Vibert M. Brown Collection

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Vibert McKirdy Brown worked as an architect in North Queensland in the first half of the 20th century. He drew plans for churches, schools, presbyteries, residential houses, hotels, stores, the Atherton hospital and silos for the Atherton Tablelands Maize Board. Most of the buildings were constructed. Some have since been demolished. Two have been heritage listed: the 1930s extension to the Bolands Centre in Cairns and Exchange Hotel in Mossman.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arrangement imposed by processing archivist. Arranged into series by building types; in the series by name of building or organisation; then chronologically where possible.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright applies.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Digital preservation recommended due to highly fragile condition of plans.

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area


Oversize folders 1-5

Alternative identifier(s)



Millennium Local System Number


Libraries Australia ID

63015274 ; 23739244

OCLC Number

223310577 ; 50165429

Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used



Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, Linda Justo, 20-Aug-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




Accession area