Basic Biographical Details

Name: William Ernest Bannister
Designation: Architect
Born: 26 February 1874
Died: 1931
Bio Notes: William Ernest Bannister was born in Alloa on 26 February 1874. Nothing is yet known of his training. He emigrated to South Africa in 1896 and joined the office of William Henry Stucke in Johannesburg in the same year.

Stucke closed the office at the beginning of the Boer War in 1899 and he and Bannister moved to Port Elizabeth. Bannister was taken into partnership in 1901 and the Stucke & Bannister practice returned to Johannesburg at the end of the war in 1902.

Bannister married in 1903 and continued to work in partnership with Stucke until May 1908 when he returned to Scotland, where he remained thereafter. Nothing is known of his subsequent career other than three premiated competition designs for Glasgow housing of 1919. He died in 1931.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 5Alloa, Clackmannanshire, ScotlandPrivate1874Before 1896 
Item 2 of 5Johannesburg, South AfricaBusiness18961899 
Item 3 of 5Port Elizabeth, South AfricaBusiness18991902 
Item 4 of 5Johannesburg, South AfricaBusiness19021908 
Item 5 of 5ScotlandBusiness1908  

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 2William Henry Stucke18961901Assistant 
Item 2 of 2Stucke & Bannister19011908Partner 

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 31919Glasgow Housing competition (1919), semi-detached cottages of four or five apartments  GlasgowScotlandAwarded second premium of 50
Item 2 of 31919Glasgow Housing competition, two-storey block of four houses with three apartments (model)  GlasgowScotlandAwarded special premium of 25
Item 3 of 31919Glasgow Housing competition, two-storey block of two houses of 3 or 4 apartments (model)  GlasgowScotlandAwarded special premium of 25


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildings