Richard Gailey

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Richard Gailey
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Richard Gailey (1834-1924)
Born (1834-04-22)22 April 1834
Donegal, Ireland
Died 24 April 1924(1924-04-24) (aged 90)
Brisbane, Australia
Nationality Irish
Occupation Architect
Buildings Brisbane Girls Grammar School

Richard Gailey, Sr. (22 April 1834 – 24 April 1924) was an Irish-born Australian architect.

Gailey was born in Donegal, Ireland and emigrated to Australia in 1864, becoming an influential and prolific architect in colonial-era Brisbane. He died in Brisbane on 24 April 1924, two days after his ninetieth birthday, and is buried in Cleveland Cemetery along with his wife Mary, née Rice. [1] [2]

Body of work[edit]

His substantial body of work includes many commercial and residential buildings in Brisbane that today are considered colonial treasures. Some of these include:

In addition to his architectural work, Gailey was also a licensed surveyor and responsible for surveying and laying out the town of Bowen. [10] [11]

Characteristics of Gailey's work[edit]

Gailey's work combines the practical value in a sub-tropical environment of high-thermal mass masonry walls with the aesthetic value of finely detailed arches creating a wide veranda to shade the load-bearing walls from the sun during the hottest part of the day. This is best seen in the Brisbane Girls Grammar School.

A cost-reducing alternative to masonry arches is seen in commercial buildings like the Regatta Hotel. The wrought-iron filigree lacework replaces the masonry arches of the outer veranda. This elegant and practical approach has become known as Queenslander architecture. Its use became widespread in early Queensland residential properties of substance.

Gailey Road, Taringa[edit]

Richard Gailey owned property in the area that came to known as Taringa. His name is commemorated in Gailey Road.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "DOYEN ARCHITECT". Queensland Times. LXV, (11,690). Queensland, Australia. 26 April 1924. p. 7 (DAILY.). Retrieved 17 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "Family Notices". The Brisbane Courier. XXIII, (3,428). Queensland, Australia. 24 September 1868. p. 2. Retrieved 17 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "Wickham Hotel (entry 600213)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Regatta Hotel (entry 600331)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jubilee Hotel (entry 600211)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sandgate Baptist Church (former) (entry 602424)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Prince Consort Hotel (entry 600212)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Elephant Hotel, Fortitude Valley". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Moorlands (entry 600052)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Latest Telegrams,". Western Star And Roma Advertiser (5744). Queensland, Australia. 26 April 1924. p. 2. Retrieved 17 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  11. ^ "DEATH OF MB. B. GAILEY." The Queenslander (5909). Queensland, Australia. 3 May 1924. p. 15. Retrieved 17 January 2017 – via National Library of Australia.