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GREATBATCH, Daniel Westwood

Born: 1868
Died: 1925 09 16


(Kimberley Publ Libr gives 1871-1926 as the dates), a pioneer architect of Kimberley, Greatbatch was born in Blandford, Dorset, England and came to the Cape Colony with his parents in 1880. He continued his education at St Andrew's College, Grahamstown and was articled to Sydney STENT whom he accompanied to the Diamond Fields in 1885. Greatbatch remained four years with Stent before joining RS DAY. In 1889 he worked for a short time in Johannesburg, returning to Kimberley in 1890 and assuming Day's practice. In 1891 he won the competition for the design of the Kimberley Exhibition Building 'part shed, part Winter Palace'(Roberts 1976:285) and in 1893 adjudicated the East London town hall competition. He remained in Kimberley during the Anglo-Boer War, becoming a member of the Town Guard during the Siege of Kimberley. In about 1900 he was appointed architect to the De Beer's Company, the Hospital Board and the Kimberley Public School; he was elected to the Kimberley Town Council in 1901 and around 1904 supervised the erection of the Honoured Dead Memorial, Kimberley for BAKER & MASEY.

Greatbatch built a flourishing practice in Kimberley over the next decade, designing offices, hotels and houses for leading citizens. With the outbreak of the First World War his practice slowed down and in 1918 Greatbatch took William TIMLIN into partnership (cf GREATBATCH & TIMLIN) who had remained in Greatbatch's office after completion of his articles in Greatbatch's office. In 1921 Greatbatch left for England. His practice was continued by Timlin under the style of Greatbatch & Timlin. According to Yuill (1984) Greatbatch had a great impact on pre-1914 architecture in Kimberley. A member of the South African Association of Engineers and Architects in 1894, a member of the Society of Architects (London) South African branch in 1895 and a Fellow of the Cape Institute of Architects in 1914, Greatbatch was also a keen freemason.

(Afr Archt May 1914:339; Bawcombe 1976; Berman 1983 (see W Timlin); Martin 1984; Jack Hindon Officers' Club brochure n.d.; Men Cape 1906; Picton-Seymour 1977; Restorica 5 Aug 1978; Roberts 1976:286 port; SAWW 1908; SESA 4:187; S v d Stel bull 25 May 1972; Yuill 1984:56-57; MS Kimberley Public Library)

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 GREATBATCH

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 96, 98, 99