Collection UQFL643 - Don Watson Papers

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Don Watson Papers


  • 1967-2001 (Creation)

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3 boxes, 1 oversize folder

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Donald Robert (Don) Watson was born in Brisbane on 3 June 1945. In 1963 he won the Open Scholarship to undertake the University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Architecture degree. While studying part-time he worked with Lund Hutton Black and Paulsen (1963 to 1964) and was employed by James Birrell and Partners (1967 to 1969). After graduating Watson worked for Hayes and Scott (Brisbane), 1970; AB Waters and Associates (London), 1971; Geoffrey Pie and Associates (Brisbane), 1972 to 1974. After acquiring a house in South Brisbane in 1974, Watson developed an interest in local architectural history and began research for the book The Queensland House for the National Trust of Queensland. From 1975 to 1979 he practiced as an architectural consultant in Brisbane. From 1979 to 1989 Watson was employed in half- and full-time capacities as a lecturer in the University of Queensland's Department of Architecture.

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This collection comprises Don Watson’s various contributions to architecture in Queensland as a designer, historian, teacher and advocate. It includes papers relating to his work in creating the Queensland Architectural Archive within the Fryer Library; his work while with the University of Queensland Department of Architecture especially the lunch time lecture programs; the 'Architecture as a Community Art' public lecture program; and his work with Queensland University of Technology as a lecturer.

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  • English

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Created, Linda Justo, 2-Jun-2021.




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  • Box: UQFL643 Box 1
  • Box: UQFL643 Box 2
  • Box: UQFL643 Box 3
  • Oversize folder: UQFL643 Oversize folder 1