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.

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 · Leave a comment

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

Grafton Commonwealth Bank – “a modern, attractive design”

Henderson’s work on Commonwealth Banks is nowhere more prominent than in New South Wales. During the 1930s, his work was profiled by Building magazine, with high praise indeed. The Grafton … Continue reading

June 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Bondi Beach Post Office and Henderson

Bondi Beach and surfing have a strong resonance in Australian culture.  While in colonial times public bathing was actually illegal, by the turn of the century the public love of … Continue reading

July 27, 2019 · Leave a comment