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BRADFORD, George Sydney Herbert

Born: 1883
Died: 1952/3


Was born in Cape Town, the son of a building contractor also named George Bradford. He was educated at the South African College, Cape Town, and was sent to serve articles with the Dublin architects Carroll & Batchelor, F/FRIBA, from 1 October 1901 and remained with them until 1906, as an assistant in the office. During his pupilage he attended the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and the Irish Architectural Association. He later studied at the Architectural Association, London. In London he was employed by AG Bond, ARIBA. He took the RIBA final examination in 1906 and returned to Cape Town. He was elected an Associate member of the RIBA in 1907 in Cape Town and married in the same year. His Associate application form records that on his return to Cape Town he took up 'a Government post'. Bradford remained with the Public Service, joining the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Pretoria in 1909. With the outbreak of the First World War he enlisted with the Twelfth Pretoria Rifles; he returned to work for the Public Works Department in Pretoria after a short term of service, and by 1917 had been appointed draughtsman, 2nd Grade. By 1924 he had been appointed to the Department in Windhoek, South West Africa (Namibia), where he remained for the rest of his career. For many years he was the only member of the RIBA in South West Africa (Namibia). Bradford was responsible for the design/execution for a number of public buildings in Windhoek and elsewhere in the territory. The English Church at Windhoek is one of his principal buildings. Bradford retired to Port Elizabeth in 1950 where he appears to have died.

Reg prob RIBA, Wicklow 1903; Reg Student RIBA, London 1906; ARIBA Cape Town 1907; ISAA 1927. (ARIBA nom papers (1907); Pta dir 1911; PSL 1909; PWD ar 1918; SAAR Jun 1953:37 death notice; SAWW 1908; RIBA Jnl Nov 1954:43 obit; RIBA Kal 1907/8, 1924)

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 BRADFORD

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880 1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp