Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Alexander McQueen (or MacQueen or Macqueen) |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||c. 1848 |
|Died: ||1933 |
|Bio Notes: ||Alexander McQueen (or MacQueen or Macqueen) was born about 1848 on the Isle of Skye, the eighth child and third son of Rev James McQueen, Baptist minister in Broadford, Skye and his wife Flora. He was educated at the Normal Seminary in Glasgow. He was articled to Clark & Bell in Glasgow from 1862 and although an obituary states his apprenticeship lasted until 1869 it is likely that it was completed in 1867 and he remained as assistant for two further years. He indexed a collection of their designs bound up in two albums, now held in NMRS and the other in the State Library of New South Wales. He was practising from 176 Hope Street, Glasgow in the 1870s (in 1871 he was staying with his brother, a commercial traveller, in Govan) but seems to have moved to Oban to practice there for a few years in the later 1870s. However in 1875 an advertisement appeared in the Glasgow Herald for contracts for building a school in Oban and tenders were to be submitted to Macqueen at 139 St Vincent Street, Glasgow. |
He was was a Fellow of the Glasgow Institute of Architects.
In 1878 he emigrated to Melbourne, Australia. He moved to Sydney to a post in the Public Works Department in New South Wales for a few years before being appointed as architect and valuer for the Australian Mutual Provident Society. His obituary states that he was often consulted by the State Government 'about disputed resumptions and similar matters... he was regarded as one of the most expert property valuers in Sydney'.
He retained his membership of the Glasgow Institute of Architects and was a member for 64 years. He was also an associate of the Institute of Architects, New South Wales since its inception. He was also a member of the Highland Society and served on the committee.
In March, 1880, he was married to the eldest daughter of the late Captain Lachlan Macalister, a Gippsland pioneer. The couple had a son and a daughter.
In 1916 Macqueen (as he was known in Australia) was granted leave of absence after serving as valuer to the AMP Society for thirty years. He travelled to the UK in April 1916, presumably visitng Scotland, with his wife and daughter and returned to Australia in September of that year. He retired in 1918 and died in January 1933. His wife had predeceased him.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Private|| || || |
|Broadford, Inverness-shire, Scotland||Private||1851||1861|| |
|176, Hope Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||Between 1870 and 1875 *|| ||Unclear where this information came from. perhasp RIBA Kalendars? Check|
|8, Eglinton Terrace, Govan, Glasgow, Scotland||Private||1871 *|| || |
|139, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Scotland||Business||1875|| || |
|Oban, Argyll, Scotland||Business||1876 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Name||Date from||Date to||Position||Notes|
|Clarke & Bell||1862||1869||Apprentice||Perhaps latterly an assistant??|
Buildings and Designs
|This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):|
| ||Date started||Building name||Town, district or village||Island||City or county||Country||Notes|
|1876||Rockfield Road Public Board School||Oban|| ||Argyll||Scotland|| |
|1877||Oban Parish Church||Oban|| ||Argyll||Scotland||Not executed|
|The following periodicals contain references to this architect:|
| ||Periodical Name||Date||Edition||Publisher||Notes|
|Glasgow Herald||24 August 1875|| || || |
|Sydney Morning Herald||14 August 1880|| || || |
|Sydney Morning Herald||10 October 1901|| || || |
|Sydney Morning Herald||11 April 1916|| || || |
|Sydney Morning Herald||1 January 1925|| || || |
|Sydney Morning Herald||26 January 1933|| || |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of Mark Turnbull, Clive Lucas Stapleton & Partners, Sydney||Information sent to Dictionary|| ||Sent December 2014|
|National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMS||Clarke & Bell Album (drawings trimmed to fit, address, dates & titles cut away)|| ||Drawings indexed by McQueen.|
|State Library, New South Wales||Sketchbook and scrapbook of architectural plans and tracings|| || |