Collection UQFL117 - James Birrell Papers

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James Birrell Papers


  • [1948-197-] (Creation)

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13 boxes, ca. 1500 plans.

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James Birrell was educated at the Melbourne Technical College (1945-1949) while working for the Victorian State Works Department (1947), for R.G. Warren (1948) and the Commonwealth Works Department (1949-1950). He transferred into a fourth year course in the School of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Following his graduation in 1950, he returned to the Commonwealth Works Department and worked for them in Melbourne, Canberra and Darwin. He was appointed Architect in charge of the Architectural Branch in the Brisbane City Council (1955-1961). He resigned to become Staff Architect to the University of Queensland (1961-1966). He commenced his own practice in 1966, with offices at various times in Brisbane, Townsville, Port Moresby, and Maroochydore with various partners (including Lorant Kulley, Philip Conn, Richard Stringer and Lindsay Mack). He died on 20 September 2019, aged 90.

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Architect Walter Kerrison was born in Walthamstow, England in 1902. He gained his Diploma in Architecture in 1925 and registered to practice in Queensland in 1929. From 1939, he was in partnership with Harold Morton Cook as Cook and Kerrison, the firm which first employed Karl Langer when he arrived in Australia. He died in 2000.

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Collection previously titled as: Papers, [1948-197-]
Collection alternatively titled as: James Birrell Collection.

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Drawings of residential and commercial buildings, job files, correspondence incoming and outgoing, newspaper cuttings, maps, photographs and research material for his book on Walter Burley Griffin. Includes plans by Scorer and Scorer, and Cook and Kerrison.

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  • English

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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