ATKINSON, William Lynn/LyonBorn: fl. 1826
Trained as an architect and land surveyor in Britain. He came to South Africa in November 1826 to take up an appointment as Assistant Engineer, Cape Colony. On 16 January 1828 the British Government suggested Atkinson be appointed Colonial Engineer in place of HW REVELEY and on 3 June that year Reveley was asked to hand over the plans of St George's Church, Cape Town, to Atkinson. In December 1828 the building committee of the church asked Atkinson to produce plans for a smaller church and on 9 February 1829 Atkinson's plans were accepted. These plans were amended and approved by the Governor on 24 February 1829 and although Atkinson was paid in October 1829, his plans were not used when the church was built (cf. J SKIRROW).
Atkinson 'seems to have done little more whilst in the Colony than make a useless drawing of the old and damaged wharf' (Langham-Carter 1979). (Langham-Carter 1979).
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