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.

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

A sad family history

Henderson’s family had a sad history of mental illness. As we know, EHH took his own life in June 1939, aged 53.  He was said to be a man of … Continue reading

July 3, 2016 · 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

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

Winifred Julia Henderson (nee Smith)

Henderson’s first marriage was to Winifred Julia Smith.  They married on 31 March 1914 at Christ Church, St Kilda.  He was 28, she was 26.  They were divorced in 1923. … Continue reading

June 14, 2015 · Leave a comment