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 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

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

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

His cup runneth over

In 1934, Henderson applied to register a design for a cup (illustrated above). This must have been a personal project he embarked on, for if it had been a product … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Henderson’s Professional History

Henderson was greatly esteemed in the architectural profession as his membership of professional bodies here and in the UK shows. Henderson was articled to the firm of Marshall & Tweedy … Continue reading

January 16, 2016 · Leave a comment