James Peter Birrell : beginnings 1928-1955

Mackee, Jamie (1985). James Peter Birrell : beginnings 1928-1955 B.A. Thesis, School of Geography, Planning & Env Management, The University of Queensland.

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Author Mackee, Jamie
Thesis Title James Peter Birrell : beginnings 1928-1955
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning & Env Management
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1985
Thesis type B.A. Thesis
Supervisor Donald Watson
Total pages 172
Language eng
Subjects 1201 Architecture
Formatted abstract
The objective of this thesis is to record the work and writings of James Birrell's formative years from 1928 to 1955. This period is an important stage in Birrell's development as asignificant post-war Brisbane architect. 

In addition the thesis identifies and documents 35 buildings he designed in this period, establishing a connection with his Brisbane work. 

The research was generally based on primary source material, including conversations with James Birrell and access to his archives which contain scrapbooks, photos and drawings. Visits were made to Melbourne and Canberra. With the help of Jeff Turnbull at Melbourne University, I was able to locate and visit several of Birrell's clas smates and lecturers. Additional research was also carried out at Latrobe Library and the School of Architecture Library at Melbourne University.

While in Canberra visits were made to the archives of the Department of Housing and Construction and with the help of Rhys Beames of the D.H.C., references were given to gain access to the Library of the National Capital Development Commission.

Magazines of the period such as "Architecture and Arts', "Architectural Review" and "Architectural Record" provided valuable background material to people, buildings and events. 

This thesis hopes to establish the ideals which form the basis of James Birrell's architecture, ideals that are a product of the events prior to 1955.
Keyword James Birrell
post war
Brisbane (Qld)
Archicture -- History

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