A lighthouse design from the 1850s, an 1860s plan for a Perth residence (pictured), designs for European-style apartments or plans for contemporary homes, you will find these and more in the State Library collections. Included are examples of the work of some of Western Australia’s most prominent and influential architects.
Original archival plans, specifications, drawings and correspondence are supplemented by photographs, books and indexes referring to biographies and articles about individual architects.
Only a small number of items from these collections has been digitised. The State Library welcomes expressions of interest in sponsoring the digitising of more of these historic architectural records.
Bastow and Marwood
The partnership of Bastow and Marwood lasted only a year or so (1904).
Austin Bastow (1867-1942) was born in the United States. He moved to Tasmania with his parents and worked as an architect and land agent in Victoria, and Western Australia.
Harry Marmaduke Marwood (1873-1929) was born in Victoria and came to Western Australia during the goldrush era of the1890s. He designed Grantown House and St George’s Buildings, Geraldton as well as numerous private residences.
Proposed residence for J F T Hassell: Leases, licenses, and plans, 1862-1875
William G Bennett 1896-1977
William Garnsworthy Bennett was born in Victoria in 1896. He moved to Perth in 1910 and became the first locally trained architect to pass the Architect Board examination (July 1924). Many examples of Bennett’s work became prominent landmarks, including the Raffles Hotel, The Plaza Theatre and Arcade (Hay Street, Perth) and the Regal Theatre, Subiaco.
The collection includes certificates, architectural drawings, photographs, plans and specifications for residential and commercial buildings.
William G. Bennett & Associates records 1924-1976
Warwick Broomfield 1925-2005
Warwick Broomfield was born in Western Australia. He worked for W.G Bennett & Associates, Forbes and Fitzhardinge and later his own practice.
Broomfield was honorary architect to the National Trust of Australia and continued to work until his late seventies. His work includes private homes, halls, apartments, commercial buildings and heritage projects.
Warwick Broomfield papers, 1954-1999 [manuscript]
Cameron Chisholm & Nicol (WA)
Originally established in Perth in 1884, this firm has been responsible for many major projects and buildings including the Empire Games Village (1962). The State Library holds several plans, specifications, photographs and some correspondence for the firm. (Access is restricted.)
Cameron, Chisholm and Nicol (W.A.) Pty. Ltd., 1962-1989 [manuscript]
Marshall Waller Gervase Clifton (1903-1975)
Artist and architect Marshall Clifton was born in Western Australia to a pioneer family. Closely associated with the Royal Western Australian Historical Society and the W.A. Branch of the National Trust in the preservation and restoration of historic buildings in Western Australia.
Marshall Waller Gervase Clifton 1936-1978 [manuscript]
Julius Elischer 1918-2004
Julius Elischer was born and educated in Budapest. He designed many local civic buildings, churches, schools and retirement villages in Western Australia and had a special interest in low-cost building materials. Elischer’s buildings reflect his strong belief that responsible architecture should attempt to fit into its built surroundings.
Elischer, Julius W. 1918-2004 [manuscript]
Margaret Anne Feilman 1921-2013
Dr Margaret Anne Feilman, OBE, BA (1943), Registered Architect (1946), was the first female architect cadet in the Public Works Department, Western Australia. She later established the firm Feilman Planning Consultants which was innovative in town planning and introduced the first environmental controls in local government town planning schemes in many areas.
Dr Feilman was instrumental in the establishment of the National Trust of Australia (WA) and was heavily involved in voluntary community work.
The collection consists of files listed alphabetically by local government authority and includes correspondence, plans, minutes, reports and photographs.
Margaret Feilman papers
Forbes and Fitzhardinge
The Library holds plans for churches, and commercial buildings by architects of the firm which eventually became Forbes and Fitzhardinge including Swan Boys’ Orphanage, various banks and churches, St George’s College (Crawley), and the Perth Tramway Company. Records start from 1880.
Collection of Architectural Plans of Public Buildings and Private Residences in Perth, Fremantle and Various Country Towns [technical drawing]
Forbes & Fitzhardinge, architects & planners [one volume of designs and plans]
John Cyril Hawes (1876-1956)
John Cyril Hawes was an English architect. Originally an Anglican, he converted to Catholicism and eventually became a priest. He arrived in Western Australia in 1915 and stayed until 1939. During his sojourn in Western Australia he designed and built 21 churches and convents.
Hawes, John Cyril, 1876-1956 Papers, 1919-1956 [manuscript]
Hobbs, Smith & Forbes
The architectural firm Hobbs, Smith & Forbes was established in 1905 by Joseph John Talbot Hobbs (1864-1938). Hobbs was born in London and arrived in Western Australia in 1887.
This firm was responsible for buildings such as the Windsor Hotel, Swan Brewery Complex, the Weld Club (plans are not held for these) as well as the State War Memorial.
The collection includes architectural plans of various firms, Hobbs, Smith & Forbes, Eales Cohen & Bennett, P.W. Harrison, E.H. Dean-Smith. Plans include residences, hotels, schools and shearing sheds.
State War Memorial and Court of Contemplation, Kings Park, Perth, 1926-1998. [manuscript]
Hobbs, Smith & Forbes Plans
Iwanoff, Iwan, 1919-1986
Iwan Iwanoff was born in Bulgaria, studied in Germany and arrived in Western Australia in 1950. He was known for his distinctive modernist architecture. His homes are now highly prized, with his “Marsala House”  being the newest house on the Western Australian Heritage Register.
The Library holds plans, and specifications for many of Iwanoff’s buildings as well as photographs, an exhibition brochure, and articles.
Plans & specifications, 1951-1986 [manuscript]
Kos, Fritz c1927-2006 (architectural photographer)
Fritz Kos was one of Australia’s pre-eminent industrial and commercial photographers. His photography was often featured in Architecture Australia and other design publications. The images included in this collection document the architectural history of Western Australia from the 1960s through to the early 1990s.
Fritz Kos collection of photographs
Krantz and Sheldon
The company was established in the early 1930s by Harold Krantz, a nephew of Perth architect, Harold Boas. Krantz was then joined by Robert Schläfrig (who later changed his name to Sheldon), a Jewish-Viennese immigrant. Krantz and Sheldon went on to employ many migrant architects and draftsmen, including Iwan Iwanoff (see above) who was to become a well-known architect in his own right. The firm pioneered European architectural styles in Perth and was especially identified with the building of apartment blocks.
The Krantz and Sheldon architectural firm also operated as Krantz & Sheldon, Arndt, Silbert and West (KSASW) and Team Architects Australia.
The records comprise plans, company correspondence, financial records, files relating to architectural jobs completed, and photographs. Landmark buildings in Perth include Windsor Towers (South Perth), Bey Apartments (East Perth), and Mt Eliza Apartments, a building sometimes affectionately referred to as the ‘thermos flask’ built in Kings Park in 1964. There are plans of Government projects: schools, hospitals and State Housing works like Wandana (built in Subiaco in 1953) as well as many private dwellings and apartment blocks.
Complementing this collection the State Library holds two oral history interviews with Harold Abraham Krantz (1906-1999), as well as one with Fred McCardell, another prominent architect who worked at one time with the firm.
Only a fraction of this collection has been digitised. To explore these items you need to do a keyword search in our catalogue using the terms KRANTZ and PLANS limiting to State Library Heritage Collections.
Peter Parkinson 1925-2014
Peter Parkinson was a prominent Western Australian architect, theatre consultant and lecturer. His works include The Octagon Theatre and the New Dolphin Theatre at the University of Western Australia, major restorations to His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth (1977-1982), Subiaco Civic Hall, Churchlands Teachers College, Hayman Theatre (Curtin University), The Hole in the Wall Theatre, and many other commercial and residential properties.
Peter Parkinson papers 1950-2005 [manuscript]
George Herbert Parry 1882-1951
George Parry was born in Perth. He studied in England before returning to W.A. where he worked for the Public Works Department. He later worked in partnership with J.C. and M.F. Cavanagh before starting his own consultancy. Parry had a particular interest in church architecture and designed several churches including St. Mary’s Anglican church, South Perth.
Parry and Rosenthal
Mervyn Henry Parry and Kenneth George Rosenthal formed the architectural partnership, Parry and Rosenthal Pty Ltd, in Perth Western Australia in 1959. This firm is still in practice.
Mervyn Henry Parry 1913-2006 was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, the son of architect George Herbert Parry. He studied in W.A. and England. He was a decorated airman in WWII. Mervyn Parry served as State President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) in 1961-62, and National President 1966-67.
Kenneth George Rosenthal 1923-2008 was born in Western Australia. Rosenthal was also a pilot during WWII.
This collection consists of architectural drawings of public and church buildings, mostly by Herbert George Parry (see above). A number of the plans relate to St. George’s Cathedral, Perth, including some by Edmund Thomas Blacket.
Collection of architectural drawings, 1865-1954 [manuscript]
Henry James Prockter (1863-1941)
Born and educated in England, Prockter practised in Melbourne before moving to Western Australia in 1896. He returned to England some time in 1913 or 1914 and died in Surrey in 1941.
Architectural drawings for several buildings in Northam: Papers, 1897-1906 [manuscript]
Windor Hall, Queens Crescent, Mt Lawley, September 1982 [photograph]
Charles Sierakowski (1924-2009)
Born in Poland, Sierakowski was involved with the Polish underground during the Second World War. He studied Architecture in London and came to Western Australia in 1973. Sierakowski was involved in the design of the Art Gallery of Western Australia. These papers relate to this work.
Papers of Charles Sierakowski: Architect [Manuscript]
Anthony (Toni) Solarski
Toni Solarski was born in Obarzance, near Tarnopol, Poland in 1920. He grew up and went to school in Tarnopol. After serving with the Polish Second Corp within the British Army during WW2 he studied architecture in Rome and London. Solarski emigrated to Western Australia c1954.
The State Library holds plans for a variety of new buildings and renovations by Solarski.
Solarski, Anthony: Papers [manuscript]
Richard Spanney 1884 – 1948
Born in Hansborough, South Australia, Richard Spanney (born Rudolph Richard Spangenberg) came to Western Australia in 1906. He designed St John’s Lutheran Church and the Greek Orthodox Church, both in Northbridge, as well as homes for many prominent Perth families. He was also employed by the Department of Works and Housing.
Richard Spanney papers, 1923-1951 [manuscript]
Summerhayes & Associates
The State Library holds several plans and a small collection of photographs relating to this firm. To find the photographs search the catalogue under subject: Summerhayes and select State Library Pictures from the drop down box.
Summerhayes & Associates records
The State Library also holds various individual items including plans, correspondence, photographs and biographical information relating to a number of other architects who have worked in Western Australia. These include Alfred Edward Cox, Claude Nicholas, Charles Lancelot Oldham, John Pidgeon and Paul Ritter.
Morison, Margaret Pitt
Immigrant architects in Western Australia, 1885-1905
Ephemera item: PR13589
Australian Institute of Architects, Western Australian architect biographies:
Australian Dictionary of Biography
There are two main series of interviews:
Architects and Architecture: a series of interviews with 50 Western Australian Architects.
Architecture plans for life radio program (21 interviews)
These may be found by doing a keyword search in the catalogue using the terms: ARCHITECTS and INTERVIEWS
Search the catalogue under keyword using the term INTERIORS and limiting to State Library Pictures from the drop-down menu.
Search the catalogue using such terms as DWELLINGS or HOUSES or FLATS or APARTMENTS or HISTORIC BUILDINGS and limiting to State Library Pictures from the drop-down menu.
Hint: Particular homes may be found under the name of the original owner or the address of the home.
General works on architecture
If you are interested in the subject of architecture you may also wish to explore our extensive general reference collections. Visit the State Library Catalogue and select subject from the drop-down menu. Enter the term ARCHITECTURE. There are over 5,000 items including books and journal articles from our eresources. Alternatively you can search under the keyword ARCHITECTURE and add another term such as DOMESTIC or AUSTRALIA or COLONIAL or such terms as ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING.
State Records Office
The State Records Office of Western Australia also holds a large collection of architectural plans and drawings produced or amassed by various government agencies. While much of these will be relating to government buildings there are many reasons for government agencies to hold copies of plans for commercial and private properties. Further information may be found at:
 Source: Post News, Perth 21 February 2004