ROGERS, Fergus CarstairsBorn: 1864
Died: 1927 11
Also known as CARSTAIRS
Was born in Edinburgh and educated at Dollar Academy, Edinburgh, and at the George Watson School, (Edinburgh?). He studied in Belgium and at the South Kensington Schools in London, and was articled to J McVicar Anderson, FRIBA, in London. He noted in his LRIBA nomination papers (1925) that he had worked for five years in the office of a president of the RIBA whom he did not identify. Rogers came to South Africa in 1889, employed by the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Kimberley for two years before setting up independent practice in Kimberley in 1892 under the style of Carstairs Rogers. In 1898 he won the competition for the second Kimberley Town Hall, the first having been destroyed by fire. In around 1905 he entered into partnership with JG ROSS (cf ROGERS & ROSS) and later, about 1930/1934, with GF WRIGHT (cf ROGERS & WRIGHT). At the time of his death in Kimberly he was working on the plans for a diamond cutting factory for De Beers. He was awarded the MBE for his recruiting work during the First World War. He married in 1893. His daughter was a well-known South African tennis player, Dolly Rogers. The firm of ROGERS & WRIGHT became successively WRIGHT & WILLOUGHBY WILLIAMS; WILLOUGHBY WILLIAMS & RUNHAM; JP RUNHAM; Runham & Duncan and in 1945 Runham, Duncan & Joubert.
LRIBA 1925; ISAA 1927; MBE.
(Cape Argus 5 Nov 1927 obit; Greig 1971; ISAA mem list; LRIBA nom papers (1925); Picton-Seymour 1977; Watt 1985; RIBA Jnl 1927-28:168 death notice; SAB Nov 1927:53; SAB Nov 1927:53; SAB Dec 1927:47 death notice; SAWW 1910, 1916; WW in Arch 1914; Yuill 1984)
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