George Allen Mansfield

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George Allen Mansfield
Born 1834 (1834)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Mary Emma Allen
Children Seven
Practice John Fredrick Hilly

George Allen Mansfield was a prominent Australian architect of the nineteenth century who designed many iconic buildings in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Born in 1834 in Sydney, his father, the Reverend Ralph Mansfield, had been a Methodist missionary.[1] He was educated at the privately run school of Mr. W. T. Cape and then articled with the architect John Fredrick Hilly.

He married Mary Emma Allen, third daughter of prominent politician and solicitor George Allen, and had seven children. The family lived in Tranby, Glebe, which was designed by Mansfield.[2] They then lived at Oakwood in Bridge Road From 1864 to 1869, and Lynedoch in Glebe Road from 1870 to 1879.[3]

Mansfield was a lieutenant in the Glebe branch of the New South Wales Militia, a commissioner for Peace and an alderman for Glebe Council. Mansfield was also a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects,[1] and the founder and first president of the Institute of Architecture NSW (now Australian Institute of Architects).

He died in 1908[4] and he is remembered in the name of Mansfield Street Glebe, New South Wales.[2][5]


His many prominent colonial buildings including and ten listed on the NSW State Heritage Register,[2] include:



Newcastle Public School circa 1879
Cleveland Street High School


Commercial buildings[edit]

The Australia Hotel, 1932



See also[edit]

Portrait shown here


  1. ^ a b c d "page 6". The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 January 1908 – via Trove, National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ a b c d e Glebe Walks.
  3. ^ George Allen Mansfield Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 21 Jan 6.
  5. ^ NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects Webpage
  6. ^ a b Planning department report for Red Fern Public School.
  7. ^ Dictionary of Sydney
  8. ^ "North Sydney Technical High School (former), New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H00517". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  9. ^ CBC officers Club Website.
  10. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 21 January 1908 page 6.
  11. ^ Glebe Walks Webpage.
  12. ^ Royal Australian Historical Society Website.