Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Taylor Jack
Designation: Architect
Born: 1862
Died: 2 August 1943
Bio Notes: William Taylor Jack was born in Ayr in 1862, the son of Thomas Jack, merchant, and his wife Jane Taylor. He was articled to John Reid & Son, cabinetmakers, in Ayr, and studied architecture and building construction at the branch classes of the Department of Science and Art at Ayr Academy. Thereafter he worked for J Meikle & Sons on the construction of Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow from 1880 onwards. He emigrated to Queensland in 1883, initially in Mackay and from 1885 in Brisbane where he joined the Queensland Public Works Department in 1888 as foreman for the Northern Division, based in Normanton. There he married Minnie Stewart McCullough on 3 June 1889. In 1892 he was transferred to Brisbane and in 1893 was put in charge of the southern and western districts. After a succession of administrative changes he was put in charge of a heavy programme of work in the Brisbane District in 1898.

In the following year, 1899, Jack reported Robert Robertson, the Under Secretary of the Works Department, for irregularities, resulting in an official inquiry which found these unproven. A second inquiry precipitated a Royal Commission in 1900 which exonerated Jack, but his relationship with the Government architect A B Brady and his second assistant J S Murdoch irreparably damaged. He became assistant chief inspector of the Construction and Maintenance Department in 1922 and resigned in 1925.

Jack died in Brisbane on 2 August 1943.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate1862Before 1883Place of birth and of training
Item 2 of 5Mackay, Queensland, AustraliaBusiness18831885 
Item 3 of 5Brisbane, AustraliaBusiness18851888 
Item 4 of 5Normanton, Queensland, AustraliaBusiness18881892 
Item 5 of 5Brisbane, AustraliaBusiness18921943 

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 1Queensland Public Works Department18881925  

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 startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 11880Barlinnie PrisonRiddrie GlasgowScotlandAssisted builders, J Meikle & Sons


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 1Watson, Donald and McKay, Judith1994Queensland Architects of the 19th Century Brisbane: Queensland Museum