Francis Drummond Greville Stanley

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Francis Drummond Greville Stanley

Francis Drummond Greville Stanley (1839—1897) was an architect in Queensland, Australia. He was the Queensland Colonial Architect. Many of his designs are now heritage-listed buildings.

Early life[edit]

Stanley was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 1 January 1839, the son of actor and painter Montague Talbot Stanley and his wife Mary Susan (née Eyre).[1][2]

Stanley studied and practised architecture in Edinburgh, prior to emigrating to Brisbane in 1861-2. There, he joined the Lands Department in 1863 and became the chief clerk of works, under the Colonial Architect Charles Tiffin.[3]

On 27 April 1865, he married Margaret Bennet at Toowoomba.[4]

His younger brother, Henry Charles Stanley, was also an early immigrant to Queensland, becoming the Chief Engineer of the Queensland railways.

Career[edit]

Stanley was himself appointed to the post of Queensland Colonial Architect in July 1873.[5] He held the post until 1881.[6]

Works[edit]

Later years[edit]

Stanley was interested in astronomy and built an observatory at his home. It was equipped with a powerful telescope, housed under a retractable roof. He used this to observe the transit of Mercury, in November 1894.[18]

In August 1896, Stanley took up government employment again as an Inspector of Works.[1]

Stanley died of tuberculosis[19] on Friday 28 May 1897, at his home Ardencraig in Church Street - later Jephson Street - in the Toowong district of Brisbane. With classic symptoms of extrapulmonary TB, he had caught a chill three weeks previously, which developed into a paralysis of his lower body.[1] He was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[20]

His widow Margaret died on 14 September 1921 at Witherslack, Chelmer and was buried in the Anglican Cemetery of St. Matthews, in neighbouring Sherwood.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Brisbane News". Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald & General Advertiser. National Library of Australia. 29 May 1897. p. 5. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Francis Drummond Greville Stanley". Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Blogger user: the foto fanatic. "Tighnabruaich, Indooroopilly". Your Brisbane: Past and Present. Blogger. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Family Notices". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 2 May 1865. p. 2. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ "OFFICIAL NOTIFICATIONS". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 12 July 1873. p. 3. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  6. ^ Beddoe, Joan. "Government Architects - Queensland". Pillars of a Nation. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Roma Street Railway Station (entry 601208)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Cape Capricorn Lightstation (entry 601723)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Maryborough Court House (entry 600714)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Queensland National Bank (former) (entry 600905)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Toowoomba Post Office (former) (entry 600847)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Australian Joint Stock Bank (former) (entry 600693)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Christ Church (entry 600252)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (entry 600912)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  15. ^ "Australian Joint Stock Bank (former) (entry 600895)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Tighnabruaich (entry 600229)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  17. ^ "All Hallows Convent and School (entry 600200)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  18. ^ "Scientific and Useful". The Queenslander. National Library of Australia. 17 November 1894. p. 934. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  19. ^ "Colonial Architect Francis Drummond Greville Stanley". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  20. ^ "Stanley, Francis Drummond Greville". Grave Location Search. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Family Notices". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 16 September 1921. p. 6. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  22. ^ "Margaret Stanley, 4 Sep 1921, Sherwood (Anglican) Cemetery, Brisbane". Retrieved 13 March 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Works by Francis Drummond Greville Stanley at Wikimedia Commons