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MOODIE, Thomas Anderson

Born: 1875
Died: 1948 03 03


Was in South Africa for only about five years from April 1903. He had trained in Britain, entering J Lindsay's office in Glasgow in 1889 as a pupil and attending classes at the Glasgow School of Art. On completion of his articles in 1894 he remained with Lindsay as draughtsman until 1897. After a year or two with JB Wilson in Glasgow, he left for London in 1899 and was employed by Stevenson & Redfern where he seems to remained for some time. He appears to have worked for the London County Council before he came to South Africa in 1903. On his arrival in Johannesburg he was employed by the Central South African Railways. In 1904 he won the competition for the Johannesburg Railway Offices (1904-7) and designed several other works for the Railways. Moodie returned to England about 1908. He was in partnership in England with E Vincent HARRIS from about 1909 to 1911 and with TM Wilson & Merriman, 1911 to 1916; in Government Service, 1916 to 1918 and in partnership Gunston & Gunston, 1920 to 1938. According to information in the RIBA biographical file, Moodie won both the competition for the Canadian Government Buildings and the competition for the Australian Government Buildings at Canberra. Both projects were shelved due to the outbreak of the First World War.

There is an entry for this architects on Dictionary of Scottish Architects

ARIBA 1900; FRIBA 1927. (ARIBA nom papers (1900); FRIBA nom papers (1927); Pearse 1960; Picton-Seymour 1977; RIBA biog file, inf JM Moodie, Maidstone, Kent; RIBA Jnl May 1948, 321 obit; SA Clywkr & Bldr Jan 1904:59; SAR&H Mag vol 1, May 1907 suppl; SA Rlwy Mag Oct 1907:541-6; WW in arch 1914)

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

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Railway Institute - now Berea Park: 1907. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Railway Offices - First: 1904. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect