NORMAN, LeonBorn: c1888
Leon NORMAN may have been born in South Africa where until November 1907, he was employed in Cape Town by the architect H.C. MARCUS who found him to be a most accurate worker, possessed of no little originality with regard to design. With conditions depressed, Norman moved to Australia where, until mid-March 1908, he worked for the Sydney architect Roscoe J Collins (1875-1935) as a clerk of works overseeing the erection of a block of flats in North Sydney. For a few months Norman worked in Newcastle for Thomas W. Silk (? – 1938) before moving at the end of 1908 to take up a position with EM Myers in Brisbane. He was still working for Myers in late April 1911 when, desirous of betterment, Norman unsuccessfully applied for a position with the Queensland Department of Public Works. He later returned to Cape Town (?by way of London) where he was an associate of the Cape Institute of Architects by 1919-20. By 1925 he was in private practice in Cape Town where he died in 1957.
(References: application for employment WOR/A764 1913/13438 QSA)
Extra information supplied by Don Watson, Australia.
ISAA 1928. (ISAA mem list; RIBA kal 1919/20)
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