Collection UQFL239 - Eric P. Trewern Papers

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Eric P. Trewern Papers


  • [1919-1974] (Creation)

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1 parcel, 11 oversize folders (ca. 350 plans)

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Biographical history

Eric Percival Trewern was born in Bendigo, and worked as a draughtsman for the Queensland Public Works Department. He established his own architectural practice in Brisbane in 1920 and became an extremely successful residential architect during the inter-war period, especially noted for adapting the Spanish Mission and California bungalow styles to Queensland. He also designed commercial buildings.

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Biographical history

Alexander Ira Trewern was born in Bendigo, Victoria, son to William James and Alice (nee Goldsworthy) Trewern. He graduated from the Brisbane Central Technical College in 1930. He worked in the office of his older brother, Eric Pery Trewern, from 1926 to 1942. He died on 25 June 1990.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, [1919-1974]
Collection alternatively titled as: Eric Percival Trewern Collection.

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Scope and content

The collection contains tracings, drawings, blueprints and linen plans for residential and commercial buildings in Brisbane and regional Queensland. Also includes work of Alexander I Trewern, younger brother of E P Trewern. Includes 38 photographs (20 x 26 cm or smaller), nine oversize photographs (most on paper mounted on board) of buildings by Trewern, including his own house; specifictions for St. Matthew's Anglican Church and the Upper Mt. Gravatt Methodist Church; three envolvopes from the American Face Brick Association with plates for houses; publications relating to houses by G. L. Sutcliffe; and journal cuttings.

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System of arrangement

Arranged by archivist into five series:
Series A: Photographs
Series B: Specifications and Contracts
Series C: Advertising materials
Series D: Publications and cuttings
Series E: Architectural plans and drawings

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Deasy, Pamela & Leach, Andrew (2017) Lovely Home, Fabrications, 27:2, 279-302.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, Linda Justo, 18-Feb-2022. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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