Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Fyfe Hendry
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 June 1905
Died: January 1980
Bio Notes: William Fyfe Hendry was born on 26 June 1905 in Arbroath, where he was articled to Hugh Gavin for five years from 11 July 1921, studying at Dundee Technical College. On completion of his apprenticeship he joined Mills & Shepherd of Dundee as assistant, and after a year moved to Leeds as assistant to Harry Wilson, moving again in summer 1929 to work for Bernard George of Kensington, London. Either before or after working for George he spent a year working for Joseph Emberton.

He emigrated to Rhodesia in 1931 and found a place in the office of Andrew A Hotson of Salisbury, but left in August the following year due to lack of work. Two months later he obtained a position as manager of a branch office in Umtali for William D'Arcy Cathcart, whose main office was in Salisbury. He was still there when he was admitted LRIBA on 22 July 1935, his proposers being Cathcart, John Donald Mills and Godfrey Daniel Bower Shepherd, and in the same year he was taken into full partnership by Cathcart. His nomination papers state that he was a member of the Design & Industries Association. He was elected FRIBA in 1951, at which time he was still with Cathcart but had now moved to Salisbury. The practice appears to have consisted mainly of commercial and residential buildings in Umtali, Salisbury and Bulawayo.

Hendry died in Salisbury in January 1980, survived by his wife, Mrs K J Hendry.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Presbyterian Manse, Main Street, Umtali, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toPrivate1935 *  
Item 2 of 5Murray Buildings, Main Street, Umtali, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toBusiness1935 *  
Item 3 of 522, Enterprise Road, Highlands, Salisbury, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toPrivate1951 *  
Item 4 of 5Box 138, NE House, 1st Street, Salisbury, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toBusiness1951 *  
Item 5 of 5Department of Public Works, Architects Department/, Causeway, Salisbury, Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia toBusinessAfter 1951  

* 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):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 9Hugh GavinJuly 192110 July 1926Apprentice 
Item 2 of 9Mills & ShepherdOctober 1926October 1928Assistant 
Item 3 of 9Harry WilsonMid 1928June 1929Assistant 
Item 4 of 9Bernard GeorgeMid 1929July 1931Assistant 
Item 5 of 9Andrew A HotsonDecember 1931August 1932Assistant 
Item 6 of 9Joseph Embertonc. 1931c. 1931Assistant 
Item 7 of 9William D'Arcy CathcartOctober 19321935ArchitectManager of branch office at Umtali
Item 8 of 9Cathcart & Hendry1935After 1950Partner 
Item 9 of 9Public Works Department, Salisbury, RhodesiaAfter 1951 Architect 


RIBA Proposers

The following individuals proposed this architect for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 6William D'Arcy Cathcart22 July 1935for Licentiateship
Item 2 of 6William D'Arcy Cathcart3 April 1951For Fellowship
Item 3 of 6J A Cope Christie3 April 1951For Fellowship
Item 4 of 6F A Jaffrey (or Jeffrey)3 April 1951For Fellowship
Item 5 of 6John Donald Mills22 July 1935for Licentiateship
Item 6 of 6Godfrey Daniel Bower Shepherd22 July 1935for Licentiateship

RIBA Proposals

This architect proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1David Millar6 March 1955For Licentiateship


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 L no4482 (combined box 17); F no4609 (combined box 24)