Basic Biographical Details

Name: Mason & Wales
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: 1871
Ended: After 1900
Bio Notes: William Mason was born in 1810, the son of Ipswich architect George Mason (1782-1865). He was articled to Edward Blore and practised in Ipswich c.1837 but moved in 1838 to New South Wales, Australia and in 1840 to New Zealand, where he became the colony's pioneer architect. He was practising in Dunedin in partnership with ____ Clayton by 1862.

In 1871 he entered into partnership with Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales. Wales, born in 1831 in Belford, Northumberland and educated in Jedburgh, had commenced his architectural training in 1849 but emigrated to Australia in 1854 to prospect for gold. Meeting with little success, he had moved to New Zealand in 1861 and joined Mason & Clayton as assistant the following year. He had left in 1867 to work as a superintendent of works for the Government of New Zealand, before returning to enter into partnership with Mason.

Wales 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, Mason having died in 1897.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Dunedin, New ZealandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Nathaniel Young Armstrong Wales18711875Partner 
Item 2 of 2William Mason18711875Partner 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architectural practice:
Item 1 of 1Stacpole, John1971William Mason: the first New Zealand architect New Zealand: Auckland University Press