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LEECH, Norman Austin

Born: 1880 05 18
Died: 1945 03 31


Was born in Winberg in the Orange Free State, the son of Dr JR Leech of Cork, Eire and was educated at Clocolan, matriculating in Cape Town. In about 1894 he went on to study architecture at King's College, London and was awarded the gold medal in architecture, the silver medal in building construction and a qualifying certificate in civil engineering; he was also a certificated quantity surveyor. Leech worked in the office of John Belcher in London and in other offices in London during this seven-year period. From 1900 to 1901 he lectured in architecture at the Technical Institute in Norwich and in 1902 he returned to South Africa where he set up practice in partnership with TW MACKEY (cf LEECH & MACKEY) in Johannesburg in 1904. The partnership continued until about 1907. In 1904 he was a senior lecturer in architecture at the Transvaal University College in Johannesburg. Leech emigrated to Canada in 1906 and settled in Vancouver where he obtained a position as a draftsman with Thomas Hooper. He was active in Vancouver, B.C. as Chief Architect for the Board of Education and designer of nearly 20 school buildings for the Board from 1910 to 1914. He died in Los Angeles, California, USA.

There is also an entry on Dictionary of Architects in Canada.

MSA. (Men Tvl 1905:228; UTD 1907)

These notes were last edited on 2020 09 11

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.

Books citing LEECH

Transvaal Publishing Co. 1905. Men of the Times : Pioneers of the Transvaal and glimpses of South Africa . Johannesburg, Cape Town and London: The Transvaal Publishing Co. pp 228