Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales

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Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales

Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales (1832 – 3 November 1903) was a 19th-century architect, Member of Parliament, and Mayor in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1874–1875 5th City of Dunedin Independent

Wales was born in Northumberland, England. He trained as an architect in Jedburgh, Scotland. He joined the Victorian gold rush in its early days[1] and then migrated to Dunedin in 1861.[2]

He was employed by the architect William Mason and in 1871 joined him as a partner in the firm.[2]

He represented the City of Dunedin electorate from 1874 to 1875, when he retired.[3]

He was later Mayor of Dunedin from 1895 to 1896. Coincidentally, Wales' partner Mason had held the same position during the 1860s.

Notable designs[edit]

The former New Zealand Insurance Company Building

One of his notable designs is his own house at 38 Belgrave Crescent, which was built from stones quarried on the site.[4] He designed the New Zealand Insurance Company Building, which is located on the corner of Queens Gardens and Crawford Street, and which is registered as a Category I heritage by Heritage New Zealand.[5]


  1. ^ Cyclopedia Company Limited (1905). "Architects, Civil Engineers, Etc". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago & Southland Provincial Districts. Christchurch. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Avon Fine Prints (1980). "WALES, Nathaniel Young Armstrong 1832–1903". Nineteenth Century New Zealand Artists: A Guide & Handbook. Christchurch. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 243. OCLC 154283103. 
  4. ^ "Wales, Nathaniel Young Armstrong - Architect". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand Insurance Company Building (Former)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 23 November 2012.