Basic Biographical Details

Name: George Gavin Lawson
Designation: Architect
Born: 27 May 1882
Died: 9 June 1953
Bio Notes: George Gavin Lawson was born in Leith, Edinburgh in Scotland on 27 May 1882, the third son of the six children of William Lucas Lawson, corn merchant and Jessie Muller Wilson. He was educated at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and then articled to Hamilton-Paterson & Rhind. After travelling to London, Paris and elsewhere on the Continent, he emigrated to South Africa in 1905 where he worked as an architect in Johannesburg. This was followed by time practising at the Public Works Department, Pretoria and then in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe).

In about 1915 he left for Australia and served in the Australian Light Horse during the First World War. By 1924 he was practising in Adelaide, Australia, appointed assistant chief draughtsman in the office of the Architect-in-Chief in Adelaide. He registered with the Institute of South African Architects in 1927, however, which seems unusual in the circumstances and he retained an absentee membership of the Institute of South African Architects for a number of years. He was responsible for bringing the South African Dutch Colonial style to South Australia in the 1920s and for establishing a partnership with Jack Cheesman that went on to become a thriving architecture practice in South Australia. For more information on his later career see the South Australian architects' database.

Lawson married Edith McDowell Davies, a bookbinder in Melbourne on 10 November 1920 (at St Silas, Albert Park).

He died on 9 June 1953.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Bonnington Terrace, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1891 *  
Item 2 of 223, Royal Crescent, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate1901 *  

* 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 1Hamilton-Paterson & Rhindc. 1900(?)c. 1905(?)  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2   
Item 2 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildings 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Census records onlineCensuses