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HURST, Godfrey Thomas

Born: 1871 11 10


FRIBA 1932

OBE. He had been admitted as a FRIBA in 1932. He was in partnership with TA READ from 1903 to 1931. (cf READ & HURST). In about 1937 he went into partnership with John GUNN (cf HURST & GUNN).

The following entry appears on pg 132 of Who's Who in Natal - with which is incorporated Women of Natal; The Knox Printing & Publishing Co; Durban; 1933.

HURST, Godfrey Thomas, D.S.O., O.B.E., V.D. Colonel, S.A. Defence Force (retired list). Born in Durban, 10th Nov., 1871. Second son of late William Hurst of Durban. Educated in Durban. Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, member of the Institute of South African Architects. Principal of the firm of T. Read & Hurst, Chartered Architects, Durban. At the age of 18 joined the Natal Mounted Rifles (1890) as a trooper and rose to the command of the regiment (1920). Served throughout the S. A. War (Defence of Ladysmith, Lang's Nek, Transvaal and O.F.S.), gaining his commission in the field; the Zulu Rebellion (Adjutant) and the Great War (2nd in Command and on the Staff). 1921-4, Lieut.-Col. in Command of his regiment, thence to Reserve of Officers. Is much interested in educational work and for many years has served on the Council of the Natal Technical College; was largely instrumental in obtaining the grant of the Howard College site on Stellawood Ridge for university purposes. His hobbies are handicrafts and tramping. Has participated in most sports in a mild way, bowling being now his chief love. A bachelor, well known for his love of dogs, being the doyen of the Durban S.P.C.A., having served on the committee continuously since 1902. Address: "Elybank," 150 Essenwood Road, Durban.

Submitted by William MARTINSON.