Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Henry Allan Munro
Designation: Architect
Born: 1856
Died: 23 February 1913
Bio Notes: William Henry Allan Munro was born in Inverness in 1856, the son of George Munro, tailor, and his wife Mary Allan. Around 1872 he was articled to Matthews & Lawrie. In 1876 he moved to Edinburgh and after working for several practices there married Isabella Mary Budge c.1881, probably on the strength of having been put in charge of the Workington office of George Dale Oliver of Carlisle. In 1886 he emigrated to become architect to Rooney Brothers of Townsville, Queensland. There he won the competition for the Queensland Hotel and was taken into partnership by Walter Morris Eyre (born 1858) on 1 October 1887, from 1891 as manager of their Charters Towers office. The partnership was dissolved in 1892 and by the following year he was insolvent. He joined the Public Works Department in 1899, first as a draughtsman and from 1900 as an inspector of works. He died of cerebral problems at his house, Nessbank, Russell Street, Brisbane, on 23 February 1913.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Inverness, Inverness-shire, ScotlandPrivate18561876Place of birth and training
Item 2 of 4Townsville, Queensland, AustraliaBusiness18861891 
Item 3 of 4Charters Towers, Queensland, AustraliaBusiness18911892 
Item 4 of 4Nessbank, Russell Street, Brisbane, AustraliaPrivate23 February 1913 * Home and place of death

* 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 5Matthews & Lawriec. 18721876Apprentice 
Item 2 of 5George Dale OliverBefore 18811886(?) In charge of Workington office
Item 3 of 5Eyre & Munro1 October 18871892Partner 
Item 4 of 5Queensland Public Works Department18991900Draughtsman 
Item 5 of 5Queensland Public Works Department19001913 Inspector of Works


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