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HAYS, William Bennett

Born: 1814
Died: 1878


Hays was an Englishman who had worked since 1841 in different branches of engineering and building practice and had spent six years erecting public buildings in Australia (see Architects of South Australia) before coming to Cape Town in 1873. In Cape Town he worked as chief draughtsman in the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. In 1878 won the open competition for the design of the Dutch Reformed Church in Bloemfontein with a neo-gothic design, however, the design was considered too expensive by the church committee who appointed R WOCKE to carry out a cheaper and simpler design.

This could possibly be the same person as HAYES, WB who designed the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk in Mossel Bay in 1880.

(Schoeman 1980:68; Schoeman 1982:47, 53, 137; Schoeman 1985:56 Bloemfontein: Won the competition for the design of the Tweetoringkerk, subsequently designed by Wocke (Schoeman 1982:53) 1878

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 HAYS

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 120

Roodt, Leon. 1987. The Architecture of the Orange Free State Republic 1854-1902. Bloemfontein: Unpublished Ph.D. pp 101

Schoeman, Karel. 1980. Bloemfontein: die ontstaan van n stad. Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau. pp 68

Schoeman, Karel. 1982. Vrystaatse erfenis : Bouwerk en geboue in die 19de eeu. Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau. pp 47, 53, 137

Schoeman, Karel. 1985. Boukunsskatte van die Vrystaat / Free State Heritage. Roodepoort: CUM Boeke vir Stigting NALM. pp 56