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Herwald Gordon KIRKPATRICK

Herwald Gordon KIRKPATRICK

Male 1891 - 1951  (60 years)

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  • Name Herwald Gordon KIRKPATRICK 
    Born 1891  St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Travel 1917  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Herwald G Kirkpatrick
    Herwald G Kirkpatrick
    On board 'Niagra' bound for London.
    Living 18 Feb 1920  Moore Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misc 18 Feb 1920 
    Injured by Motor Car 
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick
    The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 18 February 1920
    Occupation 18 Feb 1920 
    Architect 
    Misc 1921 
    Air Force Magazine March 4th 2010 
    • TheNew South Wales Heritage site has some good information on the Lapstone Hoteland its history, including Herwald’s involvement in the redesign of the Hotel andits subsequent future use.  On 7 March1949 (page 3) a small article advising that the Lapstone Hotel was for saleappeared in the SMH.  It noted that theHotel had 50 rooms, a golf course, swimming pool and was a luxury resort.  The Hotel was purchased for approximatelyL60,000 by the Commonwealth to be used as a RAAF base and is still used forthis purpose today.  The following is anextract on the Hotel’s history from the official New South Wales Heritage listing:
       
      “The land occupied by the present RAAF base was originallyowned in the 1870s by John Lucas (1818-1902), a controversial Sydney politicianand investor.  He built a country retreaton the land, close to his private Lucasville railway station, but sold the propertyto Charles Smith (1816-1897), a shipping magnate with wide business interests.

      In the 1880s Smith proceeded to build his own house, called Logie, higher upthe hill, above the railway and beyond Lucas’s cottage.  When Charles Smith died in 1897 Logie wasinherited by his son Colin (1879-1939).  ColinSmith was an eccentric and kenspeckle figure in Glenbrook who established abacteriological laboratory at Logie (D.Skarratt).

      In 1921 Logie and its estate were bought by Herwald Kirkpatrick and his brother-in-law,G.H.D. Morris (known as Jack).  After aperiod of bad relations between the joint owners, Morris moved out of Logie andin 1923 built his own house, Briarcliffe (G 016) on another part of the estate.

      Kirkpatrick, who was a well-known architect, then proceeded to convert Logieand the surrounding 12 hectares (29 acres) into a high-class hotel, retainingthe stone foundations of Charles Smith’s house. A prospectus inviting capital investment in the project was successfullyissued in July 1928 and Lapstone Hill Hotel opened in 1930.  Using the interior designers, Ricketts andThorp of Rockdale and Industrial Arts Ltd, Kirkpatrick created a major Art Decoluxury hotel, which attracted admiring articles in the professional journalBuilding in 1930, 1936 and 1937.

      The founding directors of Lapstone Inn Ltd, which controlled the hotel, wereKirkpatrick himself, Samuel Farey of Sydney, a wool merchant, and John A.Huston, a hotelier of Dubbo.  The groundsof some 6 hectares (15 acres) were ‘tastefully planned with lawns, flowers,fruit and vegetable gardens’, watered from the Nepean River far below via apowerful pumping station.

      The hotel was extremely fashionable in the 1930s and successfully advertisedthe benefits of the mountain environment ‘for people recuperating from townlife, or pleurisy or pneumonia’ (Prospectus).

      The Second World War did not improve the position of such expensiveestablishments and in 1949 the Lapstone Hill Hotel was offered to theCommonwealth Department of Defence as a new headquarters for the RAAF’s EasternArea command, which had been located in the Sydney suburb of Edgecliffe sinceits creation in 1942.  The Commonwealthpurchased the hotel and all its land in September 1949 and occupied it in 1950.Additional adjacent land was bought by the Commonwealth over the first fiveyears to bring the base to a total of 28 hectares (70 acres).  The hotel building was remodelled as centraloffice accommodation, retaining many fine Art Deco features, in particular thefamous ballroom which became the Officers’ mess-hall, while new buildings wereerected in the grounds.

      No personnel actually lived in the 57 rooms of the former hotel during thefirst twenty years of RAAF use, but in 1982 a new administration block wasopened and the former hotel became entirely the Officers’ Mess: about 35officers were then accommodated in the upper storey.

      Downstairs suites for visiting VIPs were created in 1994 by the architectRobert Staas and the interior designer Elizabeth Mackie, retaining the Art Decotheme (Drover).”
       
      There is also a Heritage listing on Briarcliffe as follows:
       
      “Briarcliffe is a late addition to the buildings on the original1870s estate of John Lucas, which passed first to Charles Smith and then in1921 to Herwald Kirkpatrick, who developed the Lapstone Hill Hotel.  Kirkpatrick sold part of the estate to arelative, G.H.D. Morris (known as Jack).  In 1923 Morris engaged the prominent localstonemason and builder, John Dunn, to build his new house, named Briarcliffe afterhis English home.

      The stone was quarried in Glenbrook some distance south of the (surviving)station-master’s house.  The carter wasM.C. Mann of Emu Plains.  The actualbuilding was done by John Dunn and James, one of his five sons.  The roofing was unusual, using ‘a sandtextured bituminous material something like malthoid’ (Skarratt).

      Morris sold to Robert Francis Irvine (1861-1941), formerly Professor ofEconomics at the University of Sydney, a notable progressive thinker(Johns,138-9, Roe, 244-79), who in turn in the 1930s sold it to Albert H. Poolman andhis wife.  Mr Poolman personally createdthe terracing in the garden and the associated pathway system.

      The estate was next owned by Mr Millingen and in 1953 was bought by theCommonwealth along with Lapstone Hill Hotel as an airforce base (Lowe).  Briarcliffe became the residence of the AirCommander of Australia, who is also commandant of Glenbrook base (Davis).”

      Source Heather Klatt
    Glenbrook gives six decades
    Glenbrook gives six decades
    Air Force Magazine March 4th 2010 mentioning Herwald Kirkpatrick & his brother-in-law, Jack Morris.
    Glenbrook gives six decades (detail)
    Glenbrook gives six decades (detail)
    Air Force Magazine March 4th 2010 mentioning Herwald Kirkpatrick & his brother-in-law, Jack Morris.
    Misc 18 Nov 1926  5 St James Buildings, William Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Australian Structures 
    • John King Miller was the son of Sir Denison Miller & cousin to Herwald & John.
    Australian Structures
    Australian Structures
    AUSTRALIANSTRUCTURES
    NEW BUILDING COMPANY
    Anew Company known as Australian Structures Ltd, with its registered office at 5St James Buildings, William Street, Melbourne has been registered in Melbourne with a nominal capital of L50,000 in L1 shares.
    The first directors are Harold (sic) Gordon Kirkpatrick, John Hunter Kirkpatrick and John King Miller.  The new company will carry on the business of builders and contractors and it is understood to be one of the tenderers for the construction of 50 cottages for the Federal Capital Commission, tenders for which closed on Wednesday.”
    The Canberra Times 18 November 1926
    Misc 1929 
    Racehorse owner 
    The Turf
    The Turf
    The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 6 June 1929
    A Great Race
    A Great Race
    The Brisbane Courier Monday 30 December 1929
    Race result
    Race result
    The Brisbane Courier Monday 30 December 1929
    Living 1930  6 Drumalbyn Road, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick & family
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick & family
    Australian Electoral Rolls
    Living 1930  6 Drumalbyn Road, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misc 1930 
    Sydney Day by Day 
    Sydney Day by Day
    Sydney Day by Day
    The Argus (Melbourne) Thursday 16 October 1930
    Misc 1930  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Visit of Amy Johnson to the Lapstone Hotel 
    Amy Johnson
    Amy Johnson
    The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 9 June 1930
    Lapstone Hotel
    Lapstone Hotel
    The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 9 June 1930
    Mr Westcott's Explanation
    Mr Westcott's Explanation
    The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 9 June 1930
    Mr Westcott's Explanation
    Mr Westcott's Explanation
    The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 9 June 1930
    part 2
    Occupation 1930 
    Architect 
    Occupation 1930 
    Architect 
    Misc 23 Oct 1930 
    Lapstone Tragedy 
    • LAPSTONE TRAGEDY.
      Death of Miss Fernandez.
      EVIDENCE OF MENTAL STRESS. I PENRITH, Wednesday.
      The Penrith District Coroner (Mr. A. Judges) held an inquiry to-day concerning the death of Miss Irene Vera Fernandez, 40, at the Lapstone Inn, Glenbrook. He also in- quired Into the fire which damaged the hotel on the same day.
      The Coroner found that Miss Fernandez committed suicide while mentally deranged from worry, and that while in that state of mind she had caused the fire at the hotel. He expressed sympathy with the parents of the dead woman, who, he said, bore an ex- emplary character.
      Sergeant Loomes, of Penrith, said that he went to the hotel at Miss Fernandez's re- quest the day before the trouble. She seemed to be strained and unnatural, and said: "They are watching me." She was a woman of irre- proachable character and very conscientious, and seemed to think that the responsibility of the hotel rested upon her.
      James Kerin, hotel engineer, who said he slept on the premises, stated that he was awakened about 12.30 a.m. by the crackling of burning wood. He roused the staff, who slept In a cottage some distance away, and then fought the flames.
      Harold Robert Hassall, night porter, said that when he was awakened by Kerin he went to the hotel and found Miss Fernandez lying on a bed in her room. He asked her to come into the fresh air out of the smoke, but she remonstrated with him and asked what was the matter. He had then asked Con- stable Eadie to take her downstairs. While moving along the passage later he saw Miss Fernandez on the floor bleeding from the breast and mouth. Miss Fernandez had seemed wrapped up in the business, and she became worried when it was not doing as well as It had done previously. There were no guests, and Miss Fernandez had told him that as he had worked through the day he could go to bed In the cottage. That was the first occasion the hotel had been without a night porter on duty.
      Constable Eadle said that he saw Miss Fern- andez strike a match and set fire to the bed draplngs in Room 7. Subsequent investigation showed that there were about 20 different fires.
      Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick, architect, and managing director of the hotel company, said that when he arrived at the hotel he found Miss Fernandez hysterical. She kept calling out: "What Is the matter?" She looked queer and very excited, in fact, rather demented. Witness said that Miss Fernandez had sole control of the hotel and was honourable, loyal, and conscientious. He had to thank her for the successful establishment of the hotel. Recently, It was not a paying concern.
      To Sergeant Loomes, witness said that Miss Fernandez knew that a meeting of share- holders was being held on October 14, and that the comnanv was going into liquidation. Witness added that the hotel, including the plant, licence, and contents, was valued at £78,827, and was insured for £45,000. Tile total damage wns £1000. The balance-sheet for the hotel company for its first seven months up till June 1 showed takings of more than £16.000. After allowing for in- terest, depreciation, ajid overhead costs, the total loss was only £818. This excellent balance-sheet was solely due to the untiring efforts of Miss Fernandez, who worked day and night and refused to take a holiday. She was not financially interested in the hotel.
      Berty Blunk and Elizabeth Pearl Pitt, pecountants at the hotel, said that Miss Fernandez had been verv depressed, restless, and queer for two days before her death.
      Fergeant G. W. Loomes renresented the police; Mr. Halse Millett, the Lapstone Inn, Ltd., the E.S. and A. Bank, the receiver, and the liquidator of the company: Mr. C. Service the relatives of deceased: and Mr. E. N. Bell, the Royal Exchange Assurance Co.
    Lapstone Tragedy
    Lapstone Tragedy
    The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 23 October 1930
    Misc 24 Jan 1935  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Registration of New Company 
    • REGISTRATION OF NEW COMPANY
      Eurgo Gold Development Ltd, a com-
      pany formed to carry on chiefly gold
      mining activities, was registered in
      Canberra yesterday. The capital is
      £30,000 divided into 120,000 shares of
      5/- each.
      The first signatories to the Articles
      of Association are:- Herbert John
      Humphreys, 33 Martin Place, Sydney
      company director; Thomas Leahey, 29
      Second Avenue, Joslin ,S.A , investor;
      Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick, 34 Mar-
      tin Place, Sydney, architect, Joan Mc
      Kenzie Moore, 34 Martin Place, Syd-
      ney, secretary; Royden Murray Ser-
      vice, 9 Blake Street, Rose Bay, con-
      sulting engineer, Mavis Hayes, 34
      Martin Place, Sydney, stenographer;
      and John Welch Ewing, , 34 Martin
      Place, Sydney, chartered accountant.
    Registration of New Company
    Registration of New Company
    The Canberra Times Friday 25 January 1935


    Misc 21 Nov 1935  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eldorado (Central Australia) Gold Mine Ltd. 
    Eldorado (Central Australia) Gold Mine Ltd.
    Eldorado (Central Australia) Gold Mine Ltd.
    The Canberra Times Friday 22 November 1935
    Misc 10 Jan 1936  Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Tennants Creek 
    Tennants Creek
    Tennants Creek
    The Canberra Times Saturday 11 January 1936
    Misc 14 May 1937  High Court of Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Law Report 
    Law Report
    Law Report
    The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 15 May 1937
    Living Sep 1937  Lapstone Hotel, Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misc 4 Dec 1939  High Court of Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bankruptcy Court 
    Bankruptcy Court
    Bankruptcy Court
    The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 2 December 1939
    Living 17 Sep 1941  4 'Montrose', 19 Ocean Avenue, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misc
    • Herwald was an Architectual Engineer by profession who initially commenced work as an Architect alongside his father John Kirkpatrick, a noted Sydney Architect and practised under the business name of 'Kirkpatrick and Son, Architects'.

      Following the death of his father, Herwald eventually closed the architectual practice and commenced to work as a consulting engineer and architect. During these years he developed the first automatic changing gear box suitable for motor vehicles and machinery. Herwald received various commendations and was provided with two Letters of Introduction by the Australian Government signed by Ben Chifley and Sir Robert Menzies to promote his development of the automatic changing gearbox in America and the United Kingdom.

      Herwald was married to Wilson and had two daughters, Pamela and ?. In and about 1939-40 he divorced his wife and in 1941 married Mavis Merle Harris and had a son, Ivone.

      On a trip to the United Kingdom in 1951 Herwald, a heavy smoker, became seriously ill and passed away on the 26th September 1951 in St Johns Hospital, South Battersea, London UK.

      Herwald was 60 years of age and is buried at South Battersea.
      Source Ivone Kirkpatrick.
    Occupation Architect 

    • Former Commonwealth Bank of Australia
      Other Name
      Commonwealth Savings Bank
      Other Name
      Townsville City Council Library
      Place ID
      602471
      Status
      Permanent Entry
      Address
      272-278 Flinders Street
      Town/Suburb
      TOWNSVILLE
      LGA
      TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL
      Theme
      Financing Australia
      Significance
      The former Commonwealth Bank is important in demonstrating the pattern of Queensland's history as the first purpose built Commonwealth Bank building in Townsville. The construction of this major 1923 building reflects the significant role Townsville, as the leading Australian country branch for over sixty years, played in the establishment and regional development of the Commonwealth Bank.

      It is thought to be a rare surviving example in North Queensland of the commercial work of the Sydney architect and engineering consultant firm John & Herwald Kirkpatrick who were the first architects to work for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Apart from the Townsville office the Kirkpatrick firm designed the head office building in Sydney, the London and Melbourne buildings as well as a number of banks in other state capitals thus establishing a consistent architectural image for the Commonwealth Bank throughout Australia.

      The Bank building is important because of its contribution to the overall historical townscape of the city but particularly to the east Flinders Street area where it is located within a group of buildings including the former Post Office (600911), Perc Tucker Gallery (600912) and the former Aplin Brown & Company building (600919).

      The former Commonwealth Bank, built in 1923 using reinforced concrete, is one of the first multi storey buildings constructed in Townsville utilising this early twentieth century innovative technique. It is now a rare surviving example from the early period of use of this technology in Townsville

      The former Commonwealth Bank, Townsville has a special association with the work of Sydney architect and consultant engineering firm John & Herwald Kirkpatrick and with Townsville architect Walter Hunt who was known for his innovative work in designing reinforced concrete buildings.
      History
      The former Commonwealth Bank of Australia building, the third premises but first purpose build Townsville Commonwealth Bank building, was constructed in 1923 at a cost of approximately £30,000. The building was designed by Sydney architect and consultant engineering firm John and Herwald Kirkpatrick and constructed by Townsville builders Charles Hanson and Sons under the supervision of Townsville architect Walter Hunt.

      The federal government's Commonwealth Bank Act 1911 established Australia's first bank empowered to conduct both savings and general [trading] bank business with the security of a federal government guarantee. On 16 September 1912 the Commonwealth Government established the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. By 20 January 1913 the general business of the Bank had commenced in Canberra, in the six state capitals, in London and in Townsville. The Townsville office was the first country branch established in Australia.

      Initially the Bank operated from leased premises opposite the future site of the new building. However, following the amalgamation the Commonwealth Bank with the Queensland Government Savings Bank (QGSB) on 7 December 1920 the Bank moved its operations into the leased premises of the former QGSB near the corner of Stanley and Flinders Street. The Commonwealth Bank then purchased this property. In 1922 the site was sold to the Queensland State Government Insurance Office (now the site of the 1928 Queensland State Government Building (601385)). It is not know how long the Bank stayed in this location but it is possible it remained until 1924 when the new building was completed.

      In the meantime the Commonwealth Bank purchased an allotment for £5000 in Flinders Street adjacent to the Post Office (600911). This land was first issued as a Deed of Grant in November 1922 to the State Advances Corporation. Three months later, in February 1923, the land was sold to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

      Sydney architect and consultant engineering firm John and Herwald Kirkpatrick, designers of a number of early Commonwealth Bank buildings including the head office in Sydney, the Melbourne, Canberra and London offices, were commissioned to draw up plans for a new building in Townsville. John Kirkpatrick, appointed architect for the Commonwealth Bank in 1912, was a friend of and cousin to the Governor of the Bank, Denison Samuel King Miller. The Kirkpatrick architectural firm remained architects for the Commonwealth Bank for at least ten years. During that time bank buildings were constructed throughout Australia, the Pacific and England.

      This first purpose built Commonwealth Bank building in Townsville was constructed of reinforced concrete and brick. It is one of the earliest, if not the earliest surviving reinforced concrete multi storey building in Townsville. The supervising architect for the construction of the building, Walter Hunt, was an innovator in the use of reinforced concrete. At that time he was also designing the Dalgety & Company Building completed in Sturt Street, Townsville in December 1924

      Townsville building firm Charles Hanson and Sons secured the tender to erect the new two storied brick and reinforced concrete Commonwealth Bank building. By August 1923 the first floor walls were almost completed and the floor beams were being filled in with concrete. The builders had installed an electric dynamo to facilitate the easier handling and hauling of mixed concrete to the first floor level.

      In September 1923 the Queensland Architects and Builders Journal (A&B Journal) reported that the “first floor is laid and the columns to carry the flat roof are being filled. The framings of the beams of the first floor are now being removed and it is the contractors intention to commence plastering shortly”. The flat roof was made of concrete with a parapet wall.

      Sub contractors Harvey & Clarke, who specialized in joinery and shopfitting, carried out the joinery work.

      By February 1924 the A&B Journal reported that “…the Commonwealth Bank was housed in recently completed premises”. The building occupied a quarter acre block and accommodated the banking institution on the ground floor with the offices of the Deputy Public Curator on the first floor.

      The ground floor entrance led to a vestibule, to the left of which was the manager's room. The building was comprised of a two storey high banking chamber, complete with tellers and a strong room. At the rear of the building were the resident officer's room, gentlemen's lavatory and cloakroom and a ladies lavatory. A flight of stairs in the vestibule led to an upstairs landing which accommodated a cleaner's room and additional male and female lavatories at the rear. The building was said to be well lit.

      On 2 February 1924 the Townsville Evening Star reported on the “…near completion of the most attractive and up to date premises in the city…the building…is the architecture of Messers. John and Herwald G Kirkpatrick, architects and consultant engineers, Sydney”. The report said that the building was constructed on “…most modern lines, reinforced concrete being principally used, while many new features to the building trade of the North have been introduced”. These new features included ventilation and lighting, and ornate plaster work on the ceilings and substantial pillars in the banking chamber. A strong room was built behind the banking chamber. It was thought to be the largest in the north and was reinforced with steel railway rails. A Montgomerie Neilsen Oxidising nonseptic toilet system was installed with a large brick tank under the building. The special windows, which appear to be similar to those installed in the Sydney Head Office building, were special Simplex patented steel framed windows which adjusted to any angle. The building was electrically wired and had fans throughout and was constructed to allow the addition of two further floors. Thirty five massive concrete foundation pillars set up to 35 feet into the soil supported the structure. There was a clearance of six feet at the rear to about three feet on Flinders Street. The rear entrance was made secure with the installation of a “Chubb” door.

      Although, in the February 1924 issue of the Architects and Builders Journal, it was reported that “…the Commonwealth Bank was housed in recently completed premises” the Commonwealth Bank Archives has written a brief history of the Townsville Branch saying the new building was opened on 14 July 1924. No reference has been supplied for the 14 July 1924 opening date. The February opening date makes this the first country branch to occupy its own, purpose built office. However, if the Townsville branch opened in July then the Newcastle Branch was the first branch to open on 5 May 1924.

      During World War 11 the Commonwealth Bank, including the Townsville Branch, became heavily involved with Commonwealth War Bonds and other forms of government fund raising activities, as well as acting as local agents for the meat and clothes rationing authorities.

      Despite the financial constraints of wartime the banking chamber was refurbished in 1944. However, in the mid 1950s the thirty year old premises needed further maintenance work. Dilapidated counters and fittings required replacement, lighting needed upgrading, painting of the interior was necessary and new coverings for the floors. Consideration was also given to constructing a third floor on the building to serve as bachelor quarters. However, the whole project was deferred until 1954 when tenders were called but deferred again because of cost. In 1957 new plans were drawn up for extensive alterations and additions, including a new Teller line, installation of fluorescent lighting, painting, linoleum tiles to walls and floor, new staff amenities and storage area, new entrance doors and removal of the portico over the front door.

      The work was carried out by Brisbane builders N Kratzmann Pty Ltd at a cost of £54,283.15.2 and was completed in May 1959

      During the late 1940s and 1950s the Commonwealth Bank expanded its activities Australia wide, opening hundreds of branches and agencies to cater for the increase and spread of population accompanying Australia's great post war migration influx, and reflecting the buoyant national economy of the 1950s. In December 1959 the Commonwealth Bank of Australia was restructured and renamed the Commonwealth Banking Corporation
      To meet the needs of the expanding commercial centre and to overcome crowding in the branch building a sub-branch was opened at 471-473 Flinders Street in a twenty year old brick and concrete building. This sub branch became a full branch on 27 November 1967.

      By 1967 staff numbers in the main bank in Flinders Street had reached 64. Existing facilities were inadequate with no storage space and no space for interview rooms. By 1969 plans for a new building were in place. A property 800 metres west along Flinders Street was purchased for £269,000. The new four storied building with a tower block of a further 14 floors was designed by Townsville architects Martin Dillon and Associates and constructed by Townsville builders JM Kelly (Builders) Pty Ltd in 1975. At the time of construction the Branch had reached 111 staff, making it “…the largest branch, apart from the capital cities…in Australia”. Operations transferred to the new premises on 10 October 1977.

      The 1923 Commonwealth Bank property was subsequently exchanged for three blocks of vacant land owned by the Townsville City Council in Alfred Street, Aitkenvale where a branch of the bank was later built.

      In 1978 the Townsville City Council established the Council Library in the former Commonwealth Bank building. The library continued to operate from the building until 2003 when it was moved next door into the Northtown Building.

      The Townsville City Council sold the building to Aranda Park Pty Ltd in 1990 but continued to lease the property until the Library moved in 2003.
      Description
      The former Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Townsville is a two-storey reinforced concrete structure with reinforced concrete floors and flat roof with frontage to Flinders Street and also runs through to Ogden Street at the rear. The frontage was designed with five bays, the middle three projected slightly forward with four columns of a singular banded design flanking the three emphasised bays. These four columns have design similarity to columns of the bank's Sydney head office building though in render rather than stone. The columns have ovolo-moulded edges and the banding appears as strongly expressed recessed joints. A suggestion of art deco appears in the circular motif decoration below the top of the columns.

      Windows to the building are steel framed, rectangular with the larger sashes casement and the upper sashes pivot hung. A plinth, originally plastered but now veneered in grey granite, to window sill height runs across the width of the building interrupted by two doorways. The main doorway into the former banking chamber is centrally located with a second doorway in the northern bay leading to the stairs for first floor access. The main doorway was originally flanked by two plain pilasters with entablature over that have been removed and the adjoining columns completed. The window frames either side of the main doorway incorporate an arched transom between the casements and smaller upper panes and sashes.

      The two side bays of the frontage were finished as face brickwork panels initially but later were rendered over and painted. A classical cornice across the building at roof level projects forward over the three central bays and has pairs of dentils above the columns. Below the central cornice section there remains indications of the lettering of the bank signage incompletely chiselled off. Over the cornice is a panelled parapet forming a low simple pediment centrally with a tapered flagpole fixed behind.

      Behind the street frontages the first floor of the building is set back from the northern boundary to gain natural light. The two-storeyed rear elevation to Ogden Street is plain and utilitarian without the decorative expression and composition of the front elevation. The rear and visible side walls are of painted render. Steel windows sizes vary according to use and plumbing is externally mounted. A single door, with roller shutter, allows access to the street.

      Information about places in the Queensland Heritage Register is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Queensland Heritage Act 1992. Information available here is only part of the full Register entry and should not be taken as an official entry. Absence does not mean a particular place is not in the Register.

      Certified copies of the full entries in the Register are available for a fee. You can also search the full Register for a fee to find out if a place or parcel of land is listed or otherwise affected by the Act.

      Last updated: 08 Dec 2006

      http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/projects/heritage/index.cgi?place=602471&back=1
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick (1891-1951)
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick (1891-1951)
    Government Introduction Certificate 26/10/48.
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick (1891-1951)
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick (1891-1951)
    Government Introduction Certificate 28/6/50.
    Occupation 17 Sep 1941 
    Architect 
    Will 28 Apr 1950 
    Legal Notices
    Legal Notices
    The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 17 March 1952
    Died 26 Sep 1951  Battersea District, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Herwald was an Architectual Engineer by profession who initially commenced work as an Architect alongside his father John Kirkpatrick, a noted Sydney Architect and practised under the business name of 'Kirkpatrick and Son, Architects'.

      Following the death of his father, Herwald eventually closed the architectural practice and commenced to work as a consulting engineer and architect. During these years he developed the first automatic changing gear box suitable for motor vehicles and machinery. Herwald received various commendations and was provided with two Letters of Introduction by the Australian Government signed by Ben Chifley and Sir Robert Menzies to promote his development of the automatic changing gearbox in America and the United Kingdom.

      Herwald was married to Wilson and had two daughters, Pamela and ?. In and about 1939-40 he divorced his wife and in 1941 married Mavis Merle Harris and had a son, Ivone.

      On a trip to the United Kingdom in 1951 Herwald, a heavy smoker, became seriously ill and passed away on the 26th September 1951 in St Johns Hospital, South Battersea, London UK.

      Herwald was 60 years of age and is buried at South Battersea.

      Source: Ivone Kirkpatrick (ancestry)
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick
    The Sydney Morning Herald Saturday 29 September 1951
    Person ID I3131  1. Essex Ennevers
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2012 

    Father John KIRKPATRICK,   Born:  12 Sep 1856, Albury, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  14 May 1923, 'Logan Brae', Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Annie Elizabeth Douglas MORRIS,   Born:  1869, Balmain, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  6 Aug 1936, 'Selsdon', 16 Macleay Street, Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 24 May 1887  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F955  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 1 Oriel Josephine WILSON,   Born:  Abt 1899, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  1961, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married 21 Dec 1920  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Herwald G Kirkpatrick & Oriel Wilson
    Herwald G Kirkpatrick & Oriel Wilson
    The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 3 November 1920
    Divorced 1940 
    Kirkpatrick v Kirkpatrick
    Kirkpatrick v Kirkpatrick
    The Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 22 February 1940
    Children 
    +1. Lolita Marie KIRKPATRICK
    +2. Naomi KIRKPATRICK
    Family ID F1787  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 2 Joan WADE 
    Children 
    +1. Patricia WADE
    Family ID F5517  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) 3 Mavis Merle HARRIS,   Born:  21 Aug 1914, Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  28 Sep 1994, Gosford Hospital, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 17 Sep 1941  St Columba Parish Church, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick & Mavis Merle Harris
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick & Mavis Merle Harris
    Certificate of Marriage
    Children 
    +1. Ivone KIRKPATRICK
    Family ID F1786  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1891 - St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsTravel - 1917 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 18 Feb 1920 - Moore Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Dec 1920 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - Australian Structures - 18 Nov 1926 - 5 St James Buildings, William Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 1930 - 6 Drumalbyn Road, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 1930 - 6 Drumalbyn Road, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - Visit of Amy Johnson to the Lapstone Hotel - 1930 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - Registration of New Company - 24 Jan 1935 - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - Eldorado (Central Australia) Gold Mine Ltd. - 21 Nov 1935 - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - Tennants Creek - 10 Jan 1936 - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - Law Report - 14 May 1937 - High Court of Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - Sep 1937 - Lapstone Hotel, Glenbrook, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - Bankruptcy Court - 4 Dec 1939 - High Court of Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 17 Sep 1941 - 4 'Montrose', 19 Ocean Avenue, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Sep 1941 - St Columba Parish Church, Woollahra, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Sep 1951 - Battersea District, London Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photographs
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick (1891-1951)
    Herwald Gordon Kirkpatrick (1891-1951)
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