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William Henry Withers (1882-1947) : architect
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CSL&RC MSS 2016/3
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William Henry Withers, architect, was born in Brisbane, Queensland in 1882, son of an undertaker. The family moved to New South Wales when Withers was a child and he trained as an architect at Sydney Technical College from 1899-1902, where he won the Kemp Memorial Scholarship in April 1902. He worked as an architect with the Sydney Harbour Trust from around 1910 until his retirement in 1946 by which time the Trust had become the Maritime Services Board. He is remembered today as the supervising architect for the Maritime Services Board head office building at Circular Quay, Sydney (now the Museum of Contemporary Art). He died at his home in the Sydney suburb of Campsie in May 1947.
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1921-1932
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This collection comprises 3 small notebooks. Notebook [1] 20x13cm carries the ownership inscription 'W.H. Withers 1912' and is indexed A to Z, including numerous small pencil, ink and watercolour sketches and designs dated 1905-1916, as well as some
clippings from magazines and newspapers, arranged alphabetically from 'architraves' to 'turrets'. Notebook [2] is a gridded sketchbook 8x20cm with a small number of pencil sketches relating to house designs. Notebook [3] 'Where is it?' 17x10.5cm carries the ownership inscription of 'Wm Hy Withers 1914' and is indexed A to Z with notes on topics from 'awnings' to 'zinc'. Some dated notes from the 1920s and 1930s including an entry for 'no.9 shed Pyrmont erected 1937/7'. Loosely inserted is a January 1941 price list for 'S.L.W. products' manufactured by McIlwraith Industries Pty Ltd, Waterloo.
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CSL&RC MSS 2016/3