John Beswicke

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Dandenong Town Hall

John Beswicke (1847–1925) was an architect and licensed surveyor operating in Melbourne between 1882 and 1915. He was apprenticed to the firm Crouch and Wilson at age 16, where he continued to work for 18 years, finishing as head assistant. On 2 January 1882 Ralph Wilson and John Beswicke formed the partnership Wilson and Beswicke. Through his career he was in sole practice as J. Beswicke, between and following three partnerships including Beswicke and Hutchins, and Beswicke and Coote.

Notable works[edit]

Hawthorn Town Hall

Civic buildings around Melbourne:

Churches:

  • St. Kilda Presbyterian (Alma Road, St. Kilda)
  • Brisbane Wesleyan (cnr. Albert and Ann Streets)
St. Kilda Presbyterian Church

Commercial:

Perhaps the most notable commercial project of his career, in a brief partnership known as J. Beswicke, and Oakden Addison and Kemp, was a twelve storey brick building on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Lane (1888) for the Australian Property and Investment Company, (no longer standing).

Domestic:

  • "Rotha" (Beswicke's own home), 29 Harcourt Street, Hawthorn[7]
  • "Tudor Lodge" (Mr. Cullis Hill), 13 Harcourt Street, Hawthorn (renamed later, "Hilton House")
  • "Tudor House", cnr. Pasco and Electra streets, Williamstown[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brighton Town Hall". Victorian Heritage Database. Department of Planning and Community Development. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dandenong Town Hall". Victorian Heritage Database. Department of Planning and Community Development. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hawthorn Town Hall". Victorian Heritage Database. Department of Planning and Community Development. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Malvern Town Hall". Victorian Heritage Database. Department of Planning and Community Development. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  5. ^ C57 - Auburn Village Heritage Precinct
  6. ^ "236 - 252 Brunswick Street". Victorian Heritage Database. Department of Planning and Community Development. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Rotha". Victorian Heritage Database. Department of Planning and Community Development. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tudor House". Victorian Heritage Database. Department of Planning and Community Development. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 

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