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.

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

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

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

Underwater Golf…or Henderson and the Royal Canberra Golf Club

Henderson loved to play golf – and his passion extended to helping extend and design the club house of the Royal Canberra Golf Club – which now lies beneath the … Continue reading

August 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Henderson’s Golden Key that Opened Parliament

A new exhibition at the Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House will feature the Golden Key used to officially open Parliament House in 1927.  EH Henderson designed this key.  … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Commonwealth Bank 219-225 Bourke St

This week I was contacted by Georgina Criddle who is a visual artist currently presenting a twelve-week long site-specific exhibition and newsletter at West Space, located on level 1 of the old … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

“A very great loss”

E.H. Henderson’s death was front page news around Australia. IMPORTANT BUILDINGS DESIGNED Sydney Morning Herald 13 June 1939 Mr. Henderson designed nearly all Commonwealth Government buildings erected in recent years, … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

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