George Frederick Addison

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George Frederick Addison (1889-1954) was an Australian architect, who designed many heritage listed buildings in Brisbane, Queensland.[1]

Portrait of Private George Frederick Addison. Used with the courtesy of State Library of Queensland

George Frederick Addison was born October 10, 1889 in Brisbane, Queensland to architect George Henry Male Addison and his wife, Emily Maude.

He studied at the Brisbane Central Technical College[2].

War Service[change | change source]

Addison enlisted in the Australian Infantry Force in 1914, serving at Gallipoli during the First World War where he was wounded[3]. He also served in Egypt and France[4].

Career[change | change source]

Addison entered into practice with his father in 1919 as G H M Addison and Son[5][6]. It is probable he completed the drawings begun by his father for the Bulimba and Hawthorn ferry terminals[7].

He entered a partnership with H.S. MacDonald from 1928-1946[2]. Their combined works included-

  • Marist Brothers Monastery and School, Rosalie (1929)[8]
  • Bulk Store, and offices of Castlemaine Perkins, 418 Adelaide Street[9] [10]and at Castlemaine Brewery, Milton(1928-1929)
  • the English Scottish & Australian Bank Building[2]
  • Queensland National Bank Building at 39 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane (1929)[11]
  • a number of buildings at Brisbane’s Doomben racecourse, including the totaliser (1932)[12]
  • the Mt Thompson Crematorium (based on the original plans of the Heath firm of Melbourne) (1934)[13]
  • renovations to Hotel Orient and other Castlemaine Perkins hotels including Belfast Hotel in Queen Street, Brisbane, Hotel Cecil in Southport[14], Caledonian Hotel in Ipswich, Leichhardt Hotel in Spring Hill, National Hotel in Warwick, Governor Blackall Hotel in Toowoomba, Newtown Hotel in Toowoomba (1937 onwards)[15]
  • Goondiwindi Civic Centre (1937)

Addison and M.L. Conrad designed the grandstand at Eagle Farm racecourse[2].

Memberships[change | change source]

President of the Johnsonian Club 1938-1939[2]

Director, Castlemaine Perkins

Personal life[change | change source]

Addison married Miriam Urquhart in 1921[16].

Addison died December 10, 1954 and was survived by his wife, and son Peter George Addison.[2]


References[change | change source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Architect's death; 65". Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954). 1954-12-13. p. 3. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  3. "WOUNDED IN THE DARDANELLES". Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934). 1915-06-18. p. 17. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  4. "George Frederick ADDISON". rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  5. "PERSONAL". Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926). 1919-02-22. p. 2. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  6. "PERSONAL NOTES". Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933). 1919-02-24. p. 7. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  7. "A Ferry Named 'Bulimba' - Oxford Street Bulimba and just off". Oxford Street Bulimba and just off. 2015-07-27. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  8. "Marist Brothers' Monastery and Marist College - Australian E-Heritage". eheritage.net. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  9. "Arkhefield Studio - Brisbane Open House" (PDF). Arkhefield Studio - Brisbane Open House.
  10. "NEWS FROM ARCHITECTS". Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954). 1935-06-18. p. 3. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  11. Communications, c=AU; o=The State of Queensland; ou=Department of Environment and Heritage Protection; ou=Corporate. "Queensland National Bank (former), South Brisbane Branch | Environment, land and water". environment.ehp.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  12. "BUILDING AND REAL ESTATE". Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933). 1932-10-14. p. 4. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  13. "Draft history - Mt Thompson Crematorium/former Brisbane Crematorium" (PDF). https://www.mtthompsoncrem.com.au/content/dam/invocare/Mt%20Thompson/History%20Brisbane%20Crematorium,%20EHP,%207Feb14.pdf. February 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  14. "The Hotel Cecil - Gold Coast City Libraries". Gold Coast City Libraries. 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  15. East, John W. (2017). ""J.P." - The Life and Career of the Brisbane Architect John Patrick Donoghue (1894-1960)". https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/data/UQ_452456/. External link in |website= (help)
  16. "WEDDING". Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934). 1921-07-22. p. 7. Retrieved 2017-12-09.

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