Edwin Hubert Henderson Architect

This site is dedicated to the life and work of Edwin Hubert Henderson, architect (1885-1939). Henderson was Chief Architect of the Commonwealth of Australia from 1929-1939.

Henderson in “Australian Architecture” by Davina Jackson

“Australian Architecture: a history” by Davina Jackson (2022, Allen and Unwin) is an exciting new exploration of the full scope of Australin architectural history from pre-history to the present. It … Continue reading

January 8, 2023 · Leave a comment

Henderson and the Money Box: Commonwealth Bank Martin Place

The Commonwealth Bank located on the corner of Martin Place and Pitt Street Sydney is best known as the basis for the iconic tin money box issued by the bank … Continue reading

December 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

Albion Commonwealth Bank

The Albion Commonwealth Bank, built in 1926 on Sandgate Road, illustrates some of the constraints that Henderson operated on as an architect, and how he addressed these. The Bank was … Continue reading

June 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

Henderson’s First Job in Australia

Henderson spent his first two years in Australia (1910-1912) working in the firm of John Reid and Son.  He certainly was fortunate to work for a very prominent member of … Continue reading

May 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

The first National Library in Canberra

Today on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, the National Library of Australia stands as one of the most outstanding buildings in Canberra. Clad in carrera marble, and built in … Continue reading

May 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

The Rockhampton Commonwealth Bank

The Commonwealth Bank building in East Street, Rockhampton, completed in 1933, is a dignified presence, representing solidity and permanence, with just a few flourishes of the (then) moderne style.   This … Continue reading

May 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Brisbane’s GPO and Henderson

Brisbane’s architectural heritage has not fared well.   Notoriously, many beautiful colonial buildings were demolished in the 1960s and ‘70s, and proper heritage legislation had to wait until the 1990s.  It … Continue reading

March 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Dalby Commonwealth Bank 1928

The town of Dalby, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, was going through something of a building boom in the late 1920s, perhaps driven by high prices for the sheep and cattle … Continue reading

January 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Fortitude Valley Commonwealth Bank

I have found a new addition to the list of Commonwealth Banks designed by EH Henderson – this time in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. The National Archives in Brisbane have a … Continue reading

January 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

The Sydney GPO Extension

The Sydney GPO Extension was one of the largest projects undertaken by the Commonwealth in the 1930s – at a total cost of £1,000,000 for the building and the land … Continue reading

June 28, 2020 · Leave a comment