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ING, Frederick John

Born: 1870
Died: 1936 02 20


Was a senior partner in one of the leading Durban firms, ING & JACKSON from 1921 until his death in 1936. He was born in Wiltshire, England and served his articles with an as yet unidentified firm of architects in Reading, Berkshire. In 1890, shortly after completing his articles, he came to South Africa and went straight to Johannesburg. So far it is not known where he worked in Johannesburg but in 1898 he won the competition for the Durban Club in collaboration with EP WELLS. Both men came to Durban where they worked from about this date (cf. WELLS & ING) in partnership until Wells returned to England in about 1903. A number of jobs previously handled by WE ROBARTS were subsequently handled by Ing from about 1912, an example being the Marine Hotel, Durban. Ing entered into partnership with JD ANDERSON in 1903 (cf. ING & ANDERSON), the partnership lasted until 1912. According to Ing's obituary notice in the South African Architectural Record (Feb 1936:65) Ing, in partnership with Anderson, won first premium for the competition for Pretoria Railway Station in 1908, but the building of the station was delayed and eventually built to designs by Herbert BAKER. After the First World War he joined RN JACKSON in partnership, whom he had met during the war (cf. ING & JACKSON). The partnership continued until Ing's death in 1936. Ing had a lively interest in architectural education; he was chairman of the first conference on architectural education, held in Durban in July 1923; it was attended by South African and overseas representatives and resulted in the formation of the Federal Council on Architectural Education which lasted until the foundation of the Institute of South African Architects in 1927. Ing was a member of the Advisory Committee and Council of the Natal Technical College in 1917 and was the first representative of the Natal Institute of Architects to the Natal Society of Artists in 1923.

He was unanimously recommended by the Durban Building Trades Apprentice Committee as chairman of that body in 1927. In 1915 he married Memor van Bosterzee Cloete (d.1927). He lived at 33 Nimmo Road near Mitchell Park in Durban from 1912 and died at home. He was a foundation member of the Natal Institute of Architects in 1901, a committee member from 1903 and the Hon Sec and Treasurer of the NIA from 1907 until 1909. He represented the NIA at the London Congress of Architects in 1906/1907 and was elected vice-president of the NIA in 1910 and was president of the NIA from 1908 until 1915, from 1917 to 1923, from 1925 to 1931 and again from 1933 to 1934.

FRIBA 1925; ISAA 1927. (AB&E Mar 1927:18; FRIBA nom papers (1925) 2200, no detail; Greig 1971; Hillebrand 1975; Jnl ATA Feb 1916:8-9; Jackson 1985; NAD MSCE 2363/1936; NWW 1906; Rees 1957; SAAR Mar 1925:27-8; SAAR Feb 1936:65 obit; Strutt 1963; UNSAL)

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 ING

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp I1a