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:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5102, Frances Street, Bellevue, Johannesburg, South AfricaPrivate 1916 
Item 2 of 5Ballater, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate/business1870s  
Item 3 of 5Rose Cottage, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, ScotlandPrivate1881 *  
Item 4 of 5Collins Street, Melbourne, AustraliaBusiness1886  
Item 5 of 5Racecourse Road, Newmarket, Melbourne, AustraliaBusiness(?)1886  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Buildings and Designs

This joiner was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 201875Farm of East TownTarland AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 2 of 201875Logie Coldstone Parish ChurchLogie Coldstone AberdeenshireScotlandAlterations and additions (including belltower, vestry, porch and gables)
Item 3 of 201876Albert Memorial, Victoria Hall and Gordon InstituteBallater AberdeenshireScotlandAlbert memorial
Item 4 of 201880School and Teacher's HouseGlenmuick AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 5 of 201881Allargue House  AberdeenshireScotlandReconstruction
Item 6 of 201881Burial VaultGlenmuick AberdeenshireScotland 
Item 7 of 201882Free Church ManseCrathie AberdeenshireScotlandArchitect of the building
Item 8 of 201885Glencairn for James UrieFlemington VictoriaAustralia 
Item 9 of 201885HallFlemington VictoriaAustralia 
Item 10 of 201886Bible Christian Church Hotham Hill VictoriaAustralia 
Item 11 of 201886Langlands' Foundry Company Limited  MelbourneAustralia 
Item 12 of 201886Newmarket Haven, Mr Rigby's residenceNewmarket MelbourneAustralia 
Item 13 of 201886Princess Street HallFlemington VictoriaAustralia 
Item 14 of 201887Mr Jones' new shops  MelbourneAustralia 
Item 15 of 20June 1887Wesleyan ChurchNorth Essendon MelbourneAustralia 
Item 16 of 201888Flemington Presbyterian ChurchFlemington VictoriaAustralia 
Item 17 of 201890Gladstone Street Methodist ChurchMoonee Ponds VictoriaAustralia 
Item 18 of 201892Monahans Building  MelbourneAustralia 
Item 19 of 201902House for C SaintzBerea Johannesburg, GautengSouth Africa 
Item 20 of 20c. 1902TowardBerea Johannesburg, GautengSouth Africa 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this joiner:
Item 1 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildings 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this joiner:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Aberdeen Journal18 June 1881   
Item 2 of 4Aberdeen Journal20 August 1881   
Item 3 of 4The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria)4 June 1890   
Item 4 of 4The Argus (Melbourne, Victoria)16 May 1896   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this joiner:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2Census records onlineCensuses  
Item 2 of 2Courtesy of M KennyInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent April 2012