Percy Richards

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Perceval Selwyn Richards was a Ballarat architect who from 1900 to 1940 was responsible for innovative Edwardian and Art Deco style buildings in the district.



Perceval Richards was born 21 July 1865 at Christchurch, New Zealand. He married Alice Emma Nicholson.

IN 1881 Percival Richards was articled to Frederick Strouts, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architectrs and founding memeber of the first association of New Zealand architects.[1]

Percy Richards sailed to Melbourne, Australia in 1887 to find employment in an architect’s office. He worked with socialite-architect John Beswicke on a number of large houses and on the Dandenong and Brighton Town Halls. After loosing his job due to the Vand-Boom Crash of the Early 1990s[2] Richards moved to Ballarat to work as an assistant in the architectural firm of William Brazenor, where he worked for six years before continuing with the business after Brazenor's death.[3] By 1901 Richards had started his own practice, and inherited Brazenor's clients.[4]

P.S. Richards F.R.V.I.A. taught Architecture and Building Construction at the Ballarat Technical Art School, a division of the Ballarat School of Mines[5] from 1918 to 1921. In 1904 his office was at the Mercantile Building on the corner of Armstrong Street and Dana Streets, Ballarat.[6].

In 1892 Richards lived at ‘‘Coven," Forest street, Wendouree.[7] He died in 1952 at Ballarat, Victoria aged 86 Yrs.[8]


As well as his work from the Ballarat and District Anglican Diocese and the Ballarat and the Western Districts. Ballarat & Clarendon College is also one of his designs. He also designed the ANA Building in Camp Street, Ballarat.

ANA Hall, Camp Street, Ballarat Central

Located at 22 Camp Streettenders were called for a new building for 9,000 pound in 1924. The Ballarat Conservation Study of 1978 cites that this was a remodelling of an earlier classical revival designed building. A foundation stone, however carries the date of 17 March 1925 by Chief President Victor L. Ginn Esq. before his retirement. According to the Cinema and Theatre Historical Society, it operated as a cinema known as “Plaza” between 1936 and 1943.[9] Architecturally it is an interesting example of Interwar Free Classical style with its giant order ionic pilasters and panelled windows a direct nod to the Beaux Arts and exaggerated keystones of baroque inspiration and freehand details and shapes showing shades of Art Deco.[10] ANA Hall has heritage status under the City of Ballarat’s Camp Street heritage overlay HO187, however it is not listed by either the Victorian Heritage Register or the National Trust.[11]

Ballarat A.N.A. has accepted the design of Mr. P. S. Richards, architect, of Ballarat, for a hall to be erected in Sturt-street. The building will be two-storied, and will include clubrooms, library and offices, Tenders will shortly be called for its erection.[12]

Ballarat and Clarendon College

Belvedere, Ballarat

Cargnham Station

Dumbarton, Sturt Street, Ballarat

Gazette Homestead

Greenshores, Ballarat

Kallballer, Wendouree Parade, Ballarat

Longbook Homestead

Provincial Hotel, Ballarat

Richards designed the Provincial Hotel.

A building which forms one of the landmarks of Ballarat is the new Pro vincial Hotel. Just erected opposite the railway station on the site occupied forso many years by the old hotel. In a composite style of architecture, and sur mounted by arabesque towers, the build ing is a handsome addition to the al ready large number of fine structures in Ballarat. The old wooden building which il replaces had been long out of date. The hotel was in existence when the first batch of licenses was issued in 1854, and it Is still the property of the family of the then licensee, the late Mr William Irwin, to whom the license was first issued. The new build ing has been designed by a Ballarat architect, Mr Percy Richards, and In order to secure abundant light and air it has been arranged around a large open court yard, overlooked by long balconies. The hotel has some forty five rooms, there are large dining rooms and convenient sample rooms. The whole structure has been planned, and Its erection carried out on up-to-date lines, at a cose of L12000.[13]


FUNERAL NOTICES RICHARDS.— The Friends of Mr Percival Selwyn Richards are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his dearly beloved Wife to the place of interment, the Ballarat Od Cemetery. The funeral cortege will move from his residence, 14 Wendouree Parade, this day (Tuesday) at 3 o'clock. CHARLES MORRIS, Undertaker, Grenville street, near Alfred Hall; 186 Sturt street, near City Fire Brigade; and 3 and 5 Mair street.[14]

See also

Ballarat School of Mines



Ballarat Technical Art School

Coburn and Richards

Australian Natives' Association



  1. Sweeley, Gaye IN Becoming Australians: The Movement Towards Federation in Ballarat and the Nation, University of Ballarat, pg 68.
  2. Sweeley, Gaye IN Becoming Australians: The Movement Towards Federation in Ballarat and the Nation, University of Ballarat, pg 68.
  3. Research by Gael Ramsay.
  4. Sweeley, Gaye IN Becoming Australians: The Movement Towards Federation in Ballarat and the Nation, University of Ballarat, pg 69.
  5. Ballarat School of Mines and Industries Jubilee Booklet, 1920.
  6. Research by Gael Ramsay.
  7. Ballarat Star, 25 November 1903.
  8. Victorian Birth Registration Reg. No. 18123.
  9., accessed 21 July 2015.
  10., accessed 21 July 2015.
  11., accessed 21 July 2015.
  12. The Age, 17 August 1917.
  13. 14 March 1910.
  14. Ballarat Star, 10 May 1898.

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--Clare K.Gervasoni 10:41, 12 April 2017 (AEST)

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