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TAIT, Alfred Alexander

Born: 1894
Died: 1966


Born:1894 Aberdeen Scotland. He trained in Cape Town, apprenticed from January 1911 until February 1915 to HAWKE & McKINLAY, working partly in Cape Town and partly in Johannesburg. In 1915 he worked as a temporary assistant to W WHITE-COOPER in Cradock. During the First World War Tait traveled to Australia and joined the forces in Sydney on the 3 January 1916 at the age of 21. He was a private in the 17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement. He returned to South Africa after the war to work as an assistant to White-Cooper's office until September 1919. He joined the Cape Town office of KENDALL & MORRIS in September and became a member of the Association of Transvaal Architects in July 1920. By 1922 he was in sole charge of Kendall & Morris's Grahamstown office, having in the same year passed the special RIBA war-time examination. He was elected an Associate member of the RIBA in 1923. While in Kendall & Morris's office he was placed second in the open competition for the Cape Divisional Headquarters (1925) - the competition was won by CORDEAUX, FARROW & STOCKS of Port Elizabeth. Tait was put in charge of the building supervision of the Humewood Hotel, Port Elizabeth, by Kendall & Morris in 1926 and in 1927 won the competition for the Eastern Province Building, Grahamstown, by which time he had entered into partnership with FK KENDALL (cf KENDALL & TAIT). The partnership did not continue for long, as a note in the South African Builder (July 1928) records that Tait would be leaving Kendall & Tait for F Owen EATON & Tait, Port Elizabeth, 1st August 1928 (cf. OWEN EATON & TAIT). This partnership continued until its dissolution in 1934, after which Tait practised on his own account in Port Elizabeth.

ARIBA 1923; ISAA 1927. (ARIBA nom papers (1923) 3643; AB&E Nov 1926:8; ISAA mem list; SAAR Dec 1925:105-6; SAB May 1934:35)

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.