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BURTON, Duncan McClean

Born: ?
Died: 1966


Nothing is yet known of Burton's origins nor of his training nor has the design of any building been ascribed to him. Nevertheless, he played an important role in the architectural profession in the first half of the twentieth century in the Transvaal. Burton became a member of the council of the Association of Transvaal Architects in 1913 and was vice-president for the year 1913 to 1914. It was Burton who prompted the founding of the South African Academy [of Arts] Exhibition in Johannesburg in 1919 at which annual event paintings, sculptures, ceramics and architectural models and drawings were on display to the public. Burton also initiated the Association of Transvaal Architects Library in Johannesburg. It was through his concern with architectural education that he 'first helped establish a chair in Architecture at Johannesburg University College' (Building Sep 1920:377-9) to which he donated a number of books, actively assisting in the establishment of the School of Architecture library. Burton was also a member of the inaugural board of the Institute of South African Architects in 1927. He retired from the ISAA in 1931.

Pres ATA 1919; Pres Soc of Archts (Lon) SA branch; FSA; MSA; MRSI; FRIBA 1925; ISAA 1927. (Berman 1983:371; Building Mar 1919:250; Building Sep 1919:294; Building Jun 1920:374-75; Burton's FRIBA papers have gone astray; SAAR Sep 1925:60, 71; SAAR Feb 1965:17) Publ: Westminster hall, Building Dec 1919:334-36; A national neglect, Jnl ATA Sep 1917:35-38; 'A national necessity', Jnl ATA Dec 1917: 104-5; 'A national necessity', Building Sep 1918:181-82.

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.