Collection UQFL640 - Roman Pavlyshyn Papers

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Roman Pavlyshyn Papers


  • 1946-2015 (Creation)

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17 boxes, 3 parcels, 15 oversize folders, 1 album

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Biographical history

Roman Pavlyshyn was born in Western Ukraine on 3rd October 1922. He obtain his degree in architecture in 1946. He married Alexandra Chushak, another Ukrainian, in 1947. The couple decided to join Alexandra’s mother at Mackay where she migrated before the war. They arrived in Mackay in November 1948. Pavlyshyn co-founded the Ukrainian Association of Queensland in 1949. The town planner for Mackay was Dr Karl Langer. Pavlyshyn moved to Brisbane to work for Langer until 1951 when he then commenced work for the Brisbane office of the Commonwealth Works Department. During his time with Langer he passed the University of Queensland’s qualifying examinations in architectural practice and specifications. This allowed him to register with the Queensland Board of Architects and become an Associate of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. In 1958 Pavlyshyn joined the Queensland Department of Works Architectural Branch. Here he designed schools, courts houses, police stations, administrative and research buildings. By 1960 he was Supervising Architect and for eighteen months over 1960-61 was Acting Chief Architect. In 1964 he entered into partnership with Hugh Beck to work to work on the General Motors Holden complex in Acacia Ridge. In July 1966, he re-joined the Queensland Works Department. He played a major role in public building activity including the Annex of Parliament House, the Supreme Court Complex (now demolished), the Government Precinct and the Queensland Cultural Centre. In 1988 Roman Pavlyshyn was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his service to architecture and the community.

Archival history

Papers and records created or received by Roman Pavlyshyn in the course of his career

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Roman Pavlyshyn ; Marko Pavlyshyn

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Scope and content

Papers and architectural drawings created by Roman Pavlyshyn in the course of his career. Includes student work, work created while employed by Karl Langer and the Queensland Works Department as well as work created in private practice. This includes a large number of projects for the Ukrainian community, including ecclesiastical and private commissions. The papers also include private papers, photographs (174 photographs, 26 negatives), a few publications and a work of art by Irene Amos.

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Arranged into 9 series.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access (partial). Access governed by responsible Local, State and Commonwealth Government Agencies (partial).

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Copyright applies. Contact the Fryer Library.

Language of material

  • English
  • German
  • Ukrainian

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  • Cyrillic

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Boxes 1 - 17, Parcels 1 - 3, Oversize folders 1 - 15, Album 1.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created, JH, 17-Dec-2020




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  • Parcel: UQFL640 Parcel 1
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  • Oversize folder: UQFL640 Oversize folder 1
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  • Oversize folder: UQFL640 Oversize folder 13
  • Oversize folder: UQFL640 Oversize folder 14
  • Oversize folder: UQFL640 Oversize folder 15
  • Album: UQFL640 Album 1