Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander Eliezer (or Eleazer) Duguid |
|Designation: ||Joiner |
|Born: ||1850 |
|Died: ||22 March 1916 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander Eliezer (or Eleazer - sources vary) Duguid was born in Aboyne in 1850, the second son of William Duguid, a house carpenter, and his wife Jane. A third son, John, born 1839, became a farmer. Alexander trained in his father's business as did his eldest brother William. In April 1868 an advertisement appeared in the Aberdeen Journal which announced that William Duguid, builder, had been in practice for some thirty years in Boghead, Aboyne and at that time his sons were joining him in business. Large new premises were being built in Ballater. In 1871 the family was living in Dee Bank, Glenmuick and at this time the William Duguid senior employed seven men. By 1881 he employed six men. In the early 1880s Alexander studied at Aberdeen School of Art, receiving a full award in the elementary section in August 1881. He presumably continued classes until gaining a qualification in architecture. |
For health reasons Alexander Duguid emigrated to Australia arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, January 1884 with his wife and young family. [Artefacts gives his date of emigration as 1882]. He practiced in Flemington and Melbourne and as well as private houses, factories and retail premises was responsible for a number of churches and other public buildings. He was also active in civic affairs. Duguid was well established in the community in Melbourne and by the early 1890s was president of the society of teachers of the schools of design.
He was still in Melbourne in 1896 as a theodolite was reported as stolen from his office in May of that year. The 1896 Australian depression may have induced him to leave what seems to have been at least in the 1880s a prosperous practice. He left Sydney for South Africa on 24 May 1897 on the mail steamer Prince Regent Luitpold. In South Africa he was in practice in Stellenbosch from 1897 to 1902 when he left for Johannesburg where he appears to have set up practice on his own account. Duguid appears to have worked frequently in Scottish Baronial style, notably for private house designs. His best known building, at least among his contemporaries, was a large house named 'Toward' on the Berea in Johannesburg, in the same baronial style. Duguid was also the first president of the Short Hand Writers' Association.
He died in Johannesburg on 22 March 1916.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this joiner:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|102, Frances Street, Bellevue, Johannesburg, South Africa||Private|| ||1916|| |
|Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Private/business||1870s|| || |
|Rose Cottage, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland||Private||1881 *|| || |
|Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia||Business||1886|| || |
|Racecourse Road, Newmarket, Melbourne, Australia||Business(?)||1886|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Buildings and Designs
|The following books contain references to this joiner:|
|www.artefacts.co.za|| ||www.artefacts.co.za|| ||Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildings|| |
|The following periodicals contain references to this joiner:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Aberdeen Journal||18 June 1881|| || || |
|Aberdeen Journal||20 August 1881|| || || |
|The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria)||4 June 1890|| || || |
|The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria)||16 May 1896|| || || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this joiner:|
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|Census records online||Censuses|| || |
|Courtesy of M Kenny||Information sent via 'Contact Us' on website|| ||Sent April 2012|