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UPTON, Francis

Born: 1831
Died: 1907 06 06


Was born in England, the son of RS Upton. He probably came to Natal with his father in 1850. He married Anna Maria Hulme in Stamford Hill, Durban in 1862. Upton practised as a government surveyor and architect in Pietermaritzburg from about 1881 until 1906. He was in partnership with Edward HARRISON for a year (1885 to 1886) in Pietermaritzburg (cf UPTON & HARRISON), who married Upton's daughter Emily. In about 1892 he entered into partnership with W TOMLINSON in Pietermaritzburg, the partnership lasting until 1895 (cf UPTON & TOMLINSON). His son Prescot Upton, who was the general manager of the City & Suburban Gold Mining Company in Johannesburg at the time, acted as his father's executor in 1907. On his death, Upton left his 'business, books, pictures, plates, plans and drawings' to his son Alfred William Upton. He died at his home, 287 Loop St, Pietermaritzburg. Founder member of the Natal Institute of Architects 1901.

(NAD MSCE 29/217) Pietermaritzburg: Proposed swimming bath, not executed (Hillebrand 1986:280) 1892

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 UPTON

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1975. Aspects of architecture in Natal, 1880 1914. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished MA. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp

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 Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished Ph.D. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal.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 280