Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Murray Alexander
Designation: Architect, Engineer
Born: 25 October 1851
Died: 19 May 1904
Bio Notes: George Murray Alexander was born in October 1851, the son of George Alexander of Causewayside, Grange, to whom he was articled to from July 1868 until 1873 and his wife Ann Murray. He then spent a year in the office of J & G H Geddes of Edinburgh as an articled pupil of civil engineering from February 1873 to February 1874, before working as an architect and engineer to Shotts Iron Company for three months. He travelled in North America from 1874 to 1877 and worked for two contractors.

He returned to Edinburgh in 1877 to commence independent practice, and moved to South Africa in 1879 with his wife Louisa Hatch. He was admitted FRIBA on 1 November 1886, proposed by Alfred Waterhouse and James Brooks of London and Sydney Stent of the Public Works Department, Cape of Good Hope.

Alexander died on 19 May 1904.

Michale Krohn (great grandson) writes, 2010: 'My father told me the reason for George Murray Alexander emigrating to South Africa was because he suffered from Asthma, and his doctor recommended he move to a drier climate. This continues to puzzle me as Cape Town has awful wet winters. That said, Muizenberg has a far better climate then the suburbs on the other side of Table Mountain. It can be a bright sunny day in Muizenberg and be raining cats and dogs in Constantia.'

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect, engineer:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate18771879 
Item 2 of 2Cape of Good Hope Bank Chambers, Cape Town, South AfricaPrivate1886 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect, engineer (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2George Alexander18681876Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2J & G H GeddesFebruary 1873February 1874Apprentice 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect, engineer for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3James Brooks1 November 1886for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Sydney Stent1 November 1886for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Alfred Waterhouse1 November 1886for Fellowship

RIBA Proposals

This architect, engineer proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1John Parker3 February 1902for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect, engineer:
Item 1 of 1British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914  Biographical information and additional references

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect, engineer:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal10 November 1906v14London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect, engineer:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 3British Architectural Library, RIBARIBA Biographical Files  
Item 2 of 3Courtesy of Michael Krohn, direct descendantInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent July 2010
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v8 p19 (microfiche 100/F2)