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ALEXANDER, Frederick John

Born: 1849
Died: 1930

Architect


Trained in London before going to Canada in 1870. He was employed by Henry Langley of Toronto from 1870 to 1872, leaving in February 1872 to join the Public Works Department in Ottawa. He was retrenched in 1877 and emigrated to South Africa, settling in Natal where he served as Clerk of Works on the Legislative Assembly Building in Pietermaritzburg from 1878 to 1880. He entered private practice in Pietermaritzburg in 1880 and drew plans for and executed a number of buildings in the area before he was declared bankrupt in 1885. A number of plans by him for buildings in South Africa survive in the Ottawa Archives though it is still uncertain whether all the works were executed to his design. He returned to Canada in 1886 and re-opened his private practice in Ottawa where he was responsible for a number of buildings.

(Hill 1985; OA)

There is also a listing for him in the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800 - 1950

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing ALEXANDER

Kearney, Brian. 1973. Architecture in Natal from 1824 1893. Cape Town: Balkema. pp 34, 74, 142 fig 201

Martin, Marilyn H. 1980. Philip Maurice Dudgeon, architect: his work in Natal during period 1877 1888 seen against his background of Victorian Britain and Natal. Johannesburg: Unpublished MArch. thesis University of the Witwatersrand. pp 23, 29

Roodt, Leon. 1987. The Architecture of the Orange Free State Republic 1854-1902. Bloemfontein: Unpublished Ph.D. pp