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’s Grandfather

Henderson’s grandfather was Edwin Henderson (1826-1907), born in Morpeth, Northumberland. Edwin would have a son and a grandson named Edwin after him.

The senior Henderson’s father was James Henderson (born 1793) who married Sarah Rutter (born 1791) in 1813. James was the Keeper of the Morpeth House of Correction and Prison. Apparently a new prison was built in about 1826 and consisted of a Felons’ Prison, a Debtors’ Prison, and a House of Correction. James lived in a cottage on the banks of the River Wansbeck just north of the Prison, of which only the Gatehouse remains.

James had several children (Eliza, born 1834), Jane (born 1824), Lindsay (born 1822) and Noe (born 1816).

Edwin rose to become a noted figure in the Gateshead community. At this death in 1907, his obituary in the Daily Chronicle was extensive:


Alderman Edwin Henderson, of Gateshead, died yesterday at Vernon Gardens, Whitehall Road. He was elected a member of the Council in November, 1877, and raised to the Aldermanic Bench in February, 1890. Mr. Henderson was of a somewhat retiring disposition, but showed much skill in municipal affairs. He was held in great esteem by his colleagues and the public generally.

The deceased gentleman, who was 81 years of age, was born at Morpeth, and was apprenticed to the drapery business. He was a studious youth, and having fitted himself for the position of a schoolmaster, he secured an appointment at the Corporation Tower School, near the Quayside, Newcastle. He was successful in this calling, and many of his pupils became prominent citizens on Tyneside. He was from boyhood connected with the United Methodist Free Church, and acted as steward of Durham Road Circuit for many years. On the occasion of his golden wedding eight or nine years ago he was presented with a beautiful illuminated address from the pupils of his day school, the Sunday school and other personal friends. When Mr. Henderson gave up the teaching profession he opened drapery premises in Gateshead and Felling. About 28 years ago, he retired from business and devoted himself thoroughly to municipal matters. As chairman of the Parks Committee, he was most assiduous in his duties. He was also a Freeman of Newcastle. In politics he was a Liberal, and he was also a life-long teetotaller.

For some time he had been very unwell and was attended by Dr. Christian G. B. Kapp.

The Alderman leaves a widow, three daughters and two sons. The funeral is fixed to take place on Friday afternoon at Gateshead Old Cemetery, the cortege leaving at 2 o’clock, and a service will be held in the church which he attended for so many years.

Edwin married Jane Marshall in 1849. Jane was the daughter of Andrew and Anne and was born in Newcastle.

Jane Marshall

Their eldest son was Frederick James Henderson (1868-1931) who followed his father’s profession and became a draper, moving to London. Frederick married Louise Kate Applegath in 1890.

Frederick James Henderson
Louise Kate Henderson

They had three children, Frank, Charles and Kate.

Frank, Charles and Kate Henderson

Edwin and Jane Henderson’s other children were:

Ann Eliza (1850-1929)

Mary J (1853)

Lydia Ada (1862-1939)

and, of course, Edwin Nicholas Lindsay, Edwin’s father.


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