Basic Biographical Details

Name: Conner & Hamilton
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1902
Bio Notes: The Johannesburg partnership of William Tait Conner and an unidentified Mr Hamilton commenced in 1902.

Conner was born c.1868 and articled to Campbell Douglas & Sellars from 1884 to 1889 remaining with Campbell Douglas & Morrison for six months as an assistant. During that time he studied at Glasgow School of Art and was engaged on further work at St Andrews Halls and the New Club, but in 1886-88 was principally employed on the International Exhibition Buildings. At the end of his time with Douglas he moved to London, working in the offices of Arthur Richard George Fenning and Augustus Eldred Hughes. While there he passed the RIBA's qualifying examination, his address being given as 60 Albany Street, Regents Park, London and was elected ARIBA on 2 March 1891, his proposers being Campbell Douglas, Thomas Lennox Watson and John Honeyman. On his return to Glasgow in 1894 Conner formed a partnership with Henry Mitchell. Born in 1864, Mitchell had been articled to Campbell Douglas & Sellars at the same time as Conner, but left at the end of his apprenticeship to join Honeyman and Keppie where he remained until the formation of the partnership with Conner. The partnership did not prosper although both were excellent draughtsmen, most of their time being spent entering competitions.

After the dissolution of his partnership with Mitchell, Conner emigrated to Johannesburg in 1902 and entered into partnership with Hamilton. Mitchell then entered into a partnership with the Beaux-Arts-trained Charles Edward Whitelaw who had more influential family connections and whom he had known at both Campbell Douglas's and Honeyman & Keppie's; but by 1908 or 1909 he accepted a partnership with Thomas Lennox Watson.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Johannesburg, South AfricaBusiness1902  

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1William Tait Conner1902 Partner 


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