Basic Biographical Details

Name: David Ross
Born: c. 1835
Bio Notes: David Ross was born c.1835 and articled to Mackenzie & Matthews, working in Thomas Mackenzie's Elgin office. When that office was closed on Mackenzie's death in 1854 Ross became chief assistant to Lewis Hornblower of Liverpool and to John Hornblower of Birmingham for three years, probably through the influence of the Mackenzie family; Thomas's nephew William Mackenzie being in the Liverpool Water Office. Ross emigrated to Melbourne Australia c.1857 and remained there for nine years before moving to Dundein New Zealand where he had secured the commission for Moray Place Congregational Church in 1864. His most important commission there appears to have been the Hallenstein warehouse of 1874 and the Otago Museum built 1876-77, both in Dunedin; the important commission for the Knox Church there was lost to R A Lawson after a dispute with the congregation.

Ross was admitted FRIBA on 24 February 1879, his proposers being John Norton Robert William Edis of London and William James Audsley of Liverpool whom he had probably known in Elgin as a pupil of A & W Reid. His fellowship was allowed to lapse in 1906, probably marking his retirement as the age of seventy.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Dunedin, New ZealandBusiness   

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 3Mackenzie & Matthewsc. 1850October 1854ApprenticeIn Elgin office
Item 2 of 3John Hornblower1854 Senior Assistant 
Item 3 of 3Lewis Hornblower1854 Senior Assistant 

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1John Coulson NicolAfter 1876Before 1879Assistant 


RIBA Proposals

This proposed the following individuals for RIBA membership (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate proposedNotes
Item 1 of 1Thomas Turnbull7 January 1884for Fellowship


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of 2Historic Buildings of New Zealand Historic Buildings of New Zealand, South Island   
Item 2 of 2McCoy, E J and Blackman, J G1968Victorian City of New Zealand