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 Banks

Henderson is perhaps best known for his work on buildings of the Commonwealth Bank across Australia.

An incomplete list of banks designed under Henderson’s direction follows.  The images are drawn from contemporary journals, newspaper articles and photos.  If you know of other banks, please let me know.

New South Wales


Building 1932 - Cth Bank Goulburn


Building - Gordon, NSW 1


Grafton CBA Daily Examiner Sketch


Building - Hay, NSW


Building - Henty, NSW


Buildiing 1932 - Cth Bank Inverell


Buildiing 1932 - Cth Bank Lismore

Maroubra Junction

Building - Maroubra Junction, NSW

North Sydney

Buildiing 1932 - Cth Bank North Sydney


Building - Nyngan


Buildiing 1932 - Cth Bank Sydney


Building - Windsor, NSW


Buildiing 1932 - Cth Bank Wollongong



Building - Brunswick, Melbourne


Commonwealth Bank 219 Bourke St


Buildiing 1932 - Cth Bank Prahran



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Fortitude Valley

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Buildiing 1932 - Cth Bank Maryborough


Buildiing 1932 - Cth Bank Rockhampon

Stones Corner

Stones Corner Queensland - Not Dated - 1950circa

South Australia


building re modernism 1935 - Cth Bank Adelaide

Western Australia

Midland Junction

Building - Midland Junction, WA


Buildign 1931 - Cth Bank Perth

3 comments on “His Banks

  1. heritagepoliceman
    January 5, 2016

    So just had a quick look on line to see how many of this distinctive Deco commonwealth banks there are in Melbourne (I found five, two with excellent cylindrical entry features).

    I also found there were similar nut not the same designs in NSW and Brisbane, so do you think they all show the hand if Henderson, perhaps with details NY others


    • midcenturymatters
      January 5, 2016

      Thanks for your post! Henderson was certainly highly influential on bank design in the 1930s, and the similarities are striking. For example, in Brisbane, he designed the Stones Corner, Clayfield and (I believe) Red Hill branches, which all shared deco features. As he was the Chief Architect, it appears that he had significant administrative responsibilities and yet he still found time to oversee projects of notable beauty. Each state had its own Works Director. The architects in the Works Department were centralised in Canberra in 1929. I’ll put up profiles on the banks in the future.


  2. heritagepoliceman
    January 5, 2016

    Oops didn’t finish – details ‘By others’. And was there such a thing as state architects, or did they all come out of Canberra?


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