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BARBOURE, William Bruce

Born: 1887 05 07
Died: 1967 05 ?


Reg No: 237
Year: 1927

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Worked in Durban from about 1922; he was born in Sea Point, Cape Town and educated at the Normal College, Cape Town. By 1909 Barboure was working for the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Pretoria and in 1910 The Pretoria News published the winning designs for the layout of Church Square, Pretoria: first prize was awarded to VS REES-POOLE and WB Barboure in collaboration. It is possible that the two had met in Cape Town where they had both worked until about 1908. Further evidence of Barboure's presence in the Transvaal was his membership of the Transvaal water polo team in 1909-1910 (Barboure had already played water polo in the Currie Cup matches for Western Province in 1907 and 1908). Since Barboure's name does not appear in the Civil Service Lists of the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, Pretoria until 1916, it is likely that he was employed in a temporary post in the Public Works Department before this.

In 1917 in Port Elizabeth he married Jessie Bain, the daughter of Andrew Bain; he was still, working in the Public Works Department, Pretoria and in May 1918 was appointed to the position of second grade draughtsman. He appears to have remained with the Department until 1922. In 1919 he and Rees-Poole again collaborated, on a competition design for a layout of the Witwatersrand University site at Milner Park, Johannesburg in which they obtained an honourable mention. Barboure settled in Natal in 1922 and opened an office in Durban, entering into partnership with WE LANGTON in about 1923 (cf LANGTON & BARBOURE). The partnership continued until it was dissolved in 1935. Around 1926 the partners were joined by IK ASKHAM with a branch office in Pietermaritzburg (cf. LANGTON, BARBOURE & ASKHAM), this partnership lasted until 1931.

After the dissolution of Langton & Barboure in 1935, Barboure continued to practise from the office in Permanent Buildings in Durban. Among the buildings credited to Barboure is the Caister House Hotel in Musgrave Road (1935-1938). He was also responsible for a considerable number of apartment buildings in Durban. He died at his home in Kloof.

MIA; ISAA 1927; NIA. (AB&E Aug 1919:11; Building Jun 1919:262-3; ISAA mem list; NAD MSCE 1918/1967; NWW 1933; Pta News 7 Oct 1910 suppl; SAWW 1967 obit list; SAB&ATMnl 1937:9)

All truncated references not cited and linked below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books with reference to BARBOURE, William Bruce

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1986. Art and architecture in Natal, 1910 1940. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished Ph.D. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp
ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 87, 219