23 February 1839
Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, UK
|Died||28 May 1919
Auckland, New Zealand
|Cause of death||Syncope|
|Resting place||O'Neill's Point Cemetery, North Shore, Auckland|
Edward Bartley (23 February 1839 – 28 May 1919) was an architect in New Zealand. He was born in Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. He arrived in New Zealand in 1854 and married Elizabeth Hannken in February 1859.
Edward Bartley was born on the 23rd of February 1839 to Robert and Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Bartley (née Benest) in Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. He had one elder brother, Robert Bartley.
Trained as a carpenter and joiner, he worked as a builder for contractor Mr. E.I. Matthews, a retired officer of the Royal Engineers Department, this employment involved construction of a number of Government buildings when he arrived in the colony. During the 1870's Bartley established himself as a skillful builder - it was not uncommon at the time for a builder to do architectural design, and he shifted from a career as a builder to a fruitful career as an architect, designing over 20 churches by 1901. Bartley's designs can be located all throughout the North Island of New Zealand and his influence extended to the next generation of New Zealand architects, notably Keith Draffin and Gerard Jones.
Bartley was also active in the Eight Hour Movement, a member of the Royal Rifle Company of Volunteers, Auckland Choral Society, the Microscopic Society, the Photographic Society, The Museum Institute, the Auckland Institute of Architects, and a founding member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (1906).
He worked mainly in Auckland. Notable buildings include
- Auckland Savings Bank Building, Queen Street, 1881
- St John's Church, Ponsonby Road, 1882
- Jewish Synagogue, Princes Street, 1884
- Costley Home for the Aged Poor, Greenlane, 1889.
- Jubilee Building, Royal Institute for the Blind, Parnell, 1892
- Kings Theatre (now Mercury Theatre), Upper Pitt Street (now Mercury Lane), Newton, 1910
- Mt Eden Public Library, 1912.
All these buildings have Category One New Zealand Historic Places Trust designation
He trained his sons Alfred, Arthur and Frederick in his office. The firm of Bartley & Son continued under Alfred Bartley following the retirement of Edward Bartley in 1914.