T. B. Cameron

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History

Thomas Bedford Cameron was born in Scotland, 1836/1837. He died in Wellington, New Zealand, on 08 July 1894.[1]

Like some other nineteenth-century architects, Cameron migrated from Britain to Victoria, where he worked for a few years before moving on to New Zealand. The earliest documentary reference I found about him was in the Ballarat Star of 13 September 1858:

'T.B. Cameron & Co.’ of 1 Bridge Street, called for tenders for additions and alterations to Dr James Stewart’s cottage.[2]

In November 1858 he ran the following advertisement:

T.B. CAMERON, Architect &c, 2 Bridge street, Main Road, opposite Humphrey’s Stationery Depot, is prepared to supply plans, specifications, &c, for cottages, shops, warehouses, &c, on the shortest notice, and to guarantee that no building when finished according to the plans will exceed the contract price.[3]

For a year, from 1861 to 1862, Cameron served as Creswick’s Town Engineer. In 1864 Cameron moved to Auckland, where he worked for the next thirteen years.[4]

Legacy

T. B. Cameron was the architect of the Hebrew Synagogue, Princes Street, Ballarat in 1861.[5]

An early project was a hotel with concert rooms in Lydiard Street, built for D. Jones in 1859. Over the next four years Cameron designed many buildings in Ballarat, and also at Creswick, sixteen kilometres to the north. These included the Ballarat Synagogue, which survives today and for which Cameron’s name is still known. Cameron designed the Star newspaper offices, Welsh chapel, Presbyterian church at Creswick, numerous two-storey commercial buildings, and private residences for John Coghill, Theophilus Williams, and others. [6]

See also

Architects

Notes


References

  1. Ballarat Branch of the National Trust, Autumn Newsletter No 18., April 2016.
  2. Ballarat Branch of the National Trust, Autumn Newsletter No 18., April 2016.
  3. Ballarat Branch of the National Trust, Autumn Newsletter No 18., April 2016.
  4. Ballarat Branch of the National Trust, Autumn Newsletter No 18., April 2016.
  5. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.
  6. Ballarat Branch of the National Trust, Autumn Newsletter No 18., April 2016.


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--Beth Kicinski 10:44, 29 August 2014 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 12:40, 7 July 2015 (AEST)

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