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Born: 1881 06 11
Died: 1944 10 30


Year registered: 1927

Also referred to as JONES, William Murray.

Was born in London and was articled to Charles Bell, FRIBA, in London in 1898. In 1904 he went to work for J Oldrid SCOTT in London, leaving to work for H Cheston in London in 1907. He left for Brazil the same year (1907), employed by the Para Construction Co and later by the Brazilian government where he was chief of construction earning a salary of £1000 a year. He returned to London in 1912 before leaving again, this time for Spain where he designed and constructed a factory for Babcock & Wilcox, as well as designing buildings and the layout for a winter resort in the south of Spain; he did not identify the resort but said that it cost £500 000. In January 1914 he left for the Far East, volunteered for active service but was retained on works of national importance. In 1924 Murray-Jones came to South Africa where he managed the Durban branch of KALLENBACH & KENNEDY which had opened in Durban in about 1922 and was run by AM KENNEDY until about 1928. At some point he joined the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Durban and by 1929 he was chief of the architectural staff of the DURBAN CORPORATION (Durban Municipal Architect 1940).

Among Murray-Jones's several skills was a gift for languages, he spoke Spanish, Portuguese and Malay in addition to his native English. He had a reputation for being a gifted designer and it is rumoured that he was responsible for the design of many buildings by AAR McKINLAY (presumably between 1924 and 1935, the date McKinlay left for Johannesburg).

Murray married in Hampton Wick, England, before he came to South Africa and retained a house in England, Park View in Priory Road in Farnborough, Hampshire. He became a member of the Natal Institute of Architects Council in 1932 and was living at 198 Manning Road in Durban in 1929. He died in Durban.

ISAA 1927; ARIBA 1929. (ARIBA nom papers (1929) 4355; ISAA mem list; NAD MSCE 2054/44; RIBA biog file)

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.

List of projects

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Amphitheatre, Durban Beach: 1934. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Durban Traffic Depot: c1938. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Kwa Muhle Museum: 1927. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Port Natal Administration Board Offices: 1927. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Warrior's Gate: 1938. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect

Books citing MURRAY-JONES

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1986. Art and architecture in Natal, 1910 1940. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished Ph.D. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp M26