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NORBURN, Richard Wilfred

Born: 1890
Died: 1947 06 04


Was born in London, England. The family came to South Africa in 1894 and Norburn was educated in Pretoria. He was articled to 'Mr Ellis, architect of Tudor Buildings' (PWSA Jul 1947:18 - presumably John ELLIS). In February 1909 Norburn joined the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT as a junior draughtsman where he remained until 2 February 1915 when he was laid off owing to the recession. He then worked for COWIN & POWERS before leaving for England where he was employed by Jessop Hardwick, FRIBA, in Sutton, England. He entered active service towards 1918 and served in the South African Infantry, returning to South Africa and the PWD in 1919/1922? and working as a draughtsman until in 1934 he was appointed senior assistant architect Grade 1. In the Second World War he again served in the South African Infantry but in 1943 was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and seconded from the services to do duty as Deputy Director. Norburn specialised in hospital and school design and, according to RC ABBOTT (1987), the sketch plans for Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town originated in 'Norburn's section.' Norburn retired in 1943 on account of poor health. Latterly he lived at 293 Glyn St in Hatfield, Pretoria and died in Pretoria.

ISAA 1927. (Abbott 1987; ISAA mem list; PSL 1934; PWSA Jul 1947:18 port; SAAR Apr 1933:93; SAAR May 1948:183; TAD MHG 2680/47)

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 NORBURN

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp N9