Basic Biographical Details

Name: Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales
Designation: Architect
Born: 1831
Died: 3 November 1903
Bio Notes: Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales was born in 1831 in Belford, Northumberland, and was educated in Jedburgh. He commenced his architectural training in 1849 but emigrated to Australia in 1854 to prospect for gold. Meeting with little success, he moved to New Zealand in 1861 and in the following year entered the office of Mason & Clayton in Dunedin as an assistant. After five years he left to work as a superintendent of works for the Government of New Zealand, commencing practice as a principal in 1871 when his former employer William Mason took him into partnership as Mason & Wales. He continued the practice after Mason's retirement in 1875 and in 1892 took his own son, Patrick Young Wales, into partnership, the firm's title remaining unchanged.

Nathaniel Wales was an MP and was appointed Mayor of Dunedin in 1895. He died on 3 November 1903.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 3Roxburghshire/Northumberland, Scotland(?)Private18491854Place of training - uncertain
Item 2 of 3AustraliaPrivate/business18541861 
Item 3 of 3Dunedin, New ZealandBusiness1861 or 1862After 1895 

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Mason & Clayton18621867Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Mason & Wales18711875Partner 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 3George Lethbridge3 June 1901for Fellowship
Item 2 of 3Joseph Clarkson Maddison3 June 1901for Fellowship
Item 3 of 3Thomas Turnbull3 June 1901for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 3Builder Illustrations Index Builder Illustrations Index   
Item 2 of 3Knight, Hardwicke and Wales, Niel1988Buildings of Dunedin: an illustrated architectural guide to New Zealand's Victorian City New Zealand: John McIndoe 
Item 3 of 3Stacpole, John1971William Mason: the first New Zealand architect New Zealand: Auckland University Press 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Journal19 December 1903v11London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp116 - obituary

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers F v14 p1 no851 (microfilm reel 11)