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.

His Family

Edwin Hubert Henderson was born on 6 April 1885 in Gateshead, Durham.  His father was Edwin Nicholas Lindsay Henderson (born 1862) and his mother, Mary Agnes Henderson (nee Rowe) (born 1864).

Henderson had 3 siblings for whom I have records:

-Winnifred (born 1888, died aged 3 in 1891)

– Agnes (born 1895),

– Norman (born 1897) and

– Frederick (born 1901).

The 1911 census record for the family indicates that Edwin Nicholas Henderson and his wife had 5 children, one of whom had died.

Edwin Nicholas Henderson 1911 census.jpg

The family lived at 24 Grasmere Street, Gateshead (pictured), a 7 room home.

24 Grasmere St Gateshead

Henderson senior was a bank clerk/cashier at the National Provincial Bank, now part of Natwest.   The family was doing well enough to have a domestic servant (Ella Watson) in 1901, but not by 1911.

Henderson’s brother Norman enlisted in the British Army in 1914 in the York and Lancaster Regiment.  He appears to have lied about his age on his enlistment forms, claiming to be 19 years, 2 months old, when in fact he would have been 17 (and thus under age).   He was a fitter by trade.  He was killed on 5 May 1916, aged 19.

Henderson’s paternal grandfather was Edwin Henderson who was born around 1826 in Morpeth, Northumberland.  In 1843, Edwin Henderson married Jane Marshall (born 1824) at All Saints, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and had 5 children:

– Anne E Henderson (born 1851) who appears to have lived with her parents for most of her life

– Mary J Henderson (born 1853)

– Lydia A Henderson (born 1860)

– Edwin Nicholas Lindsay Henderson (1862)

– Frederick James Henderson (1868)

Henderson’s mother, Mary Agnes Rowe, was born in Hoxton, London on 27 July 1864.

Her parents were Frances and Agnes Rowe.

She had moved from the family residence in Gateshead to Sunderland by 1916, where her husband was confined to the Sunderland Mental Hospital.  She appears to have lived with her daughter Agnes in and around Sunderland for decades to come.  She is still listed with Agnes on the electoral roll in 1939 when her eldest son died.



Do you know more about the Henderson family?   If so, please contact me.

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