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JAFFRAY, Francis Andrew Oldacre

Born: 1880 07 28
Died: 1954 08 31


Born in Poplar, London, was educated privately and at Walthamstow in Essex where he studied architecture and civil engineering. He arrived in South Africa in May 1902 in Durban where he continued his studies privately. By 1906 he was established in practice in Bethlehem in the Orange Free State and was the Bethlehem representative in an as yet unidentified capacity of The Friend newspaper of Bloemfontein and of the Natal Mercury of Durban. He was also Secretary of the Bethlehem library, a foundation member of the committee of the Hamilton Club in Bethlehem and a member of St Augustine's Church council. By 1910 he was working for the Public Works Department in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and enlisted for active service in 1915, serving in South West Africa (Namibia). The General Directory of United South Africa (1915) listed him resident in Bethlehem in that year and he appears to have worked in the Bethlehem area in about 1914 since a house by him is dated 1914.

After the First World War he was employed by the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Pretoria from 1918 and passed the qualifying examination (n.d.) allowing him to register with the Transvaal Institute of Architects. He returned to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1923 where he designed his own house in Salisbury (Harare) in 1930 (Jackson 1986:108 ill), practising in Salisbury until his death.

St John's Church, Avondale, Salisbury in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) is among the buildings he designed. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1932.

(ISAA 1927; FRIBA 1932; MCQS. General dir SA 1915; ISAA mem list and files; Jaffray, RIBA biog file; Jackson 1986; FRIBA nom papers (3050) 1932; RIBA Jnl Apr 1955:271 obit; SAWW 1910, 1916)

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.

List of projects

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Creamery: pre-1932. Bethlehem, Free State - Architect
Creamery: pre-1932. Heilbron, Free State - Architect
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: 1914 : 1948. Paul Roux, Free State - Architect

Books citing JAFFRAY

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp J3

Jackson, Peter. 1986. Historic Buildings of Harare (1890-1940). Harare: Quest Publishing (Pvt) Ltd. pp 108 ill