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TAIT, Henry Makins

Born: 1877 07 29
Died: ?


Registered as a student with the RIBA in 1900, having been articled as a pupil to James Stevenson & Son, Berwick-on-Tweed and studied at the Berwick School of Art from 1894 to 1898. From 1899 to 1901 he was a draughtsman with James Thompson in Glasgow, Scotland, studying at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. Tait came to Southern Africa during the Anglo-Boer War and served in the BSA Mounted Police in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) from 1901 to 1903 when he returned to civilian life, working for a few months in the Public Works Department in Salisbury before returning to South Africa. Towards the end of 1903 he was working for the Borough Engineer in Kimberley as a building inspector, draughtsman and chief assistant and remained in this post until 1911. During this time he undertook a correspondence course (1910-1911) with Herbert Hodgson, ARIBA, Bradford (England) in order to pass his RIBA final examination. He went to Britain in 1911 on sick leave, returning to Kimberley in January 1912 and was elected a Licentiate member of the RIBA in 1912; among his jobs in Kimberley at this time was the restoration of the ceiling and the decoration of the Kimberley Town Hall. In 1927 he transferred to duties with the Town Office in King William's Town, having spent some time prior to this in the Town Engineer's Department, Pretoria.

There is also a listing of this practitioner on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

LRIBA Kimberley 1912. (LRIBA nom papers 1912)

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 TAIT

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880 1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp