Basic Biographical Details
|Name: ||Robert Gillespie Meldrum |
|Designation: ||Architect |
|Born: ||23 June 1907 |
|Died: ||July 1985 |
|Bio Notes: ||Robert Gillespie Meldrum was born on 23 June 1907 and was articled to William Barnet Wyllie of Kirkcaldy in 1922, attending continuation classes at the Higher Grade Public School, Burntisland and from 1924 at Viewforth Public School, Kirkcaldy. He emigrated to New Zealand and was appointed assistant to A C Ford of Invercargill in 1926, moving to the office of Miller & White in Dunedin in 1929. |
He returned to Britain in 1935 to work as assistant to H S Goodhart-Rendel in London, and later in the same year transferred to the office of Gilbert Mackenzie Trench, Police Architect and Surveyor. The following year he joined Stanley Hall & Easton and Robertson of Bedford Square, and in 1937 he moved to the Air Ministry Works & Buildings Department as architectural and civil engineering assistant. He passed the special final exam in London in 1938 and was still with the Air Ministry when he was admitted ARIBA on 6 March 1939, his proposers being J Murray Easton, Arthur Fred Collins Bentley and Paul Badcock.
By 1946 Meldrum had returned to New Zealand to practise and he remained there for the rest of his life. He is mentioned as being a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects in 1975. By 1978 his sight had deteriorated significantly and he resigned his membership of the RIBA.
Meldrum died in July 1985.
Private and Business Addresses
|The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:|
| ||Address||Type||Date from||Date to||Notes|
|814 Endsleigh Court, Upper Woburn Place, London, England||Private||1939 *|| || |
|9, St Andrews Street, Invercargill, New Zealand||Private/business(?)||1946 *|| || |
|32, Pulham Road, Warkworth, North Auckland, New Zealand||Private||1978 *|| || |
* earliest date known from documented sources.
Employment and Training
|The following books contain references to this architect:|
|RIBA||1946||The RIBA Kalendar 1946-1947|| ||London: Royal Institute of British Architects|| |
|The following archives hold material relating to this architect:|
| ||Source||Archive Name||Source Catalogue No.||Notes|
|Courtesy of New Zealand Institute of Architects (per Beverley McRae)||Death information || ||Sent September 2010|
|RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum||RIBA Nomination Papers|| ||A no7114 (combined box 174)|