Collection UQFL426 - Torbreck Home Units Records

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Torbreck Home Units Records


  • 1957-1999 (Creation)

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391 drawings, 53 photographs, 13 records, 1 model, 1 oversize folder (7 drawings).

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Biographical history

Architect Aubrey Job was born in Brisbane in 1907. In 1946 he formed a partnership with Charles Fulton as part of the practice Fulton, Job, and Collin. From 1954 until his retirement in 1974 he was in partnership with Robert Froud as Job and Froud Architects. The firm was responsible for the design of the Torbreck Apartments in Highgate Hill. Job died in 2002.

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Robert Percival Froud was born in 1920 in Gravesend England. The family migrated to Australia in 1927 and eventually settled in Brisbane in 1934. In 1941 he enrolled in the Diploma of Architecture course at the University of Queensland, graduating in 1946. In 1954 Robert Froud and Aubrey Job established Job & Froud Architects.

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Collection previously titled as: Records, 1958-1960
Collection alternatively titled as: Torbreck Home Units Collection.

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Architectural drawings, photographs and some associated records relating to the design and construction of the Torbreck residential complex at Highgate Hill, Brisbane. The Torbreck complex was constructed in 1958-1960, and was the first multistoreyed home unit development in Queensland. Rising prominently from the crest of Highgate Hill, Torbreck comprises 150 units spread across an eightstorey garden block and a fourteen-storey tower block, surrounded by landscaped gardens on a one and a half acre site. The complex was designed by Queensland architects A.H. Job and R.P. Froud, whose design ideas and innovative use of old and new materials were adaptations of the post-war International Style, in particular the North American model. At the time of its conception, Torbreck received support from the Queensland Government which considered high-density residential developments of this kind as one possible solution to Brisbane’s emerging suburban sprawl. After construction, the project’s developer, Torbeck Pty Ltd (later Torbreck Home Units Ltd), retained company title over the units. Unit owners became share holders in the company to the value of their unit’s purchase price, an arrangement that has persisted despite the introduction of the more popular strata title option in 1965. Torbreck remains substantially intact and continues to rank as one of Brisbane’s most prominent architectural landmarks.

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Unrestricted access; some drawings fragile.

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  • English

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, Linda Justo, 24-Aug-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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