Edmund Wright (architect)

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Edmund William Wright (4 April 1824 – 5 August 1888) was a London-born Australian architect, engineer and businessman who was Mayor of Adelaide in 1859.

Early life[edit]

Wright was a son of Stephen Wright who may have been Master of Ordnance at the Tower of London. He trained as architect and surveyor in Bermondsey and in 1849 emigrated to South Australia with his brother Edward where they worked as land agents and joined the rush to the Victorian goldfields, but by 1852 he had returned to Adelaide where he married Agnes Jane Stuckey (née Rippingville).[1]

Business career[edit]

He worked as insurance agent and was appointed to the boards of several mining companies.[1] In 1859 he was elected Mayor of the City of Adelaide.


Wright was a partner in the architectural firm of Wright and Hamilton. He designed (either alone or in partnership) the following buildings:

  • "Belmont", Brougham Place, North Adelaide (1858)
  • Congregational Church, Brougham Place, North Adelaide (1861)
  • Methodist Meeting Hall, off Pirie Street, Adelaide (1863)
  • St. Laurence's Church and Priory, Buxton Street, North Adelaide (1867–1868)
  • GPO (General Post Office) building, King William Street, Adelaide (1867–1872)
  • Jewish Synagogue, off Rundle Street East (1871)
  • Bank of South Australia, now "Edmund Wright House" King William Street, with Lloyd Tayler (1878)
  • Bank of Adelaide, 81 King William Street, Adelaide (1878–1880)
  • West wing of Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide (1883–1889)
  • "Linden" at Burnside
  • "Paringa Hall" for Cudmore family, Brighton Road, Brighton
  • "Athelney" at College Park
  • "Princess Royal" homestead at Burra[1]
  • Adelaide Educational Institution schoolhouse, 61–71 Young Street, Parkside


  1. ^ a b c Healey, John S.A.'s Greats: The men and women of the North Terrace plaques Historical Society of South Australia, 2003 ISBN 0-9579430-0-8

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