Basic Biographical Details

Name: John William Wilson
Designation: Architect
Born: 1829
Died: 3 February 1915
Bio Notes: John William Wilson was born in Banff in 1829, the son of John Wilson, an engineer, and his wife Jane Smith who had been an army nurse. He trained 'in five separate trades' before emigrating to Ballarat c.1854 as a foreman in the Victorian Public Works Department. He moved in 1864 to Rockhampton where he was in business as a builder and carrier until commencing practice at East Street as an architect and surveyor only in November 1874. He had a large and accomplished practice for which he engaged able assistants, notably John Sloper Nightingale and Francis William Caesar Kerr.

Wilson died of cancer on 3 February 1915, survived by his second wife, Lilian Elizabeth Baker.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 4Banff, Banffshire, ScotlandPrivate1829Before 1854 
Item 2 of 4Ballarat, Victoria, AustraliaBusinessc. 18541864 
Item 3 of 4Rockhampton, Queensland, AustraliaPrivate18641874 
Item 4 of 4East Street, Rockhampton, Queensland, AustraliaBusiness1874Before 1915 

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 1Victorian Department of Public Worksc. 18541864(?) Foreman, in Ballarat office


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