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  • Title
    Drawings and photographs, 1878-1972 / Leslie Wilkinson
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXD 351
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    Partly Digitised
  • Physical Description
    6084 architectural drawings - various sizes - ink, pencil and wash on paper and linen
    134 photographs - various sizes

    Leslie Wilkinson (1882-1973), professor of architecture, was born at New Southgate, Middlesex, England, younger son of Edward Henry Wilkinson, commercial clerk, and his wife Ellen. He was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford, and at the Royal Academy of Arts' school of architecture in London where he won the silver (1903) and gold (1905) medals; travelling studentships (1904, 1905) allowed him to tour France, Italy and Spain, as well as Britain.

    Articled in 1900 to the London architect James S. Gibson, Wilkinson became his assistant in 1903 and worked on commercial and municipal projects. In 1907 he was made an associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects; next year he became Professor F. M. Simpson's assistant at University College, London, and was assistant professor in 1910-18. He married Alice Dorothy Ruston in April 1912.

    With the outbreak of World War I, Wilkinson enlisted in the Territorial Force, was commissioned in the University of London Officers' Training Corps in October 1914 and promoted lieutenant in June 1915. In 1918 he was appointed to the new chair of architecture at the University of Sydney. By 1920 he had gained approval to establish a faculty of architecture, of which he became the first dean. Appointed university architect in 1919, he did some of his best work as part of his master plan for the university, such as completing Edmund Blacket's Gothic Revival quadrangle and he designed the Mediterranean-style physics building (1926).

    Retaining the right to private practice, Wilkinson carried out domestic and ecclesiastical commissions. He designed some thirty houses and flats, and altered many more. Greenway, the first home he built (in 1923 for himself), was at once a Mediterranean villa and a colonial Georgian house; in the 1960s he was still designing houses of the same character. His work was always fashionable. Among his important houses are Samuel Hordern's home at Bellevue Hill (1936), Maiala at Warrawee (1937), Greyleaves, Burradoo (1934), and Hazeldean, Cooma (1937). Of his flats, his best is Silchester, Bellevue Hill (1930), a four-storey block in the Mediterranean style. As diocesan architect, he was responsible for a number of Anglican church buildings, among them his skilful completion of Blacket's St Michael's, Vaucluse.

    A fellow of the I.A.N.S.W. from 1918, Wilkinson was a councillor (from 1921) and president (1933). On the formation of the State chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA NSW) in 1934, he became its first president. He was awarded its Sulman medal in 1934 and 1942. The RAIA NSW inaugurated a housing award named in his honour in 1961 and in the same year was awarded their first gold medal. Reference: Australian Dictionary of Biography, Leslie Wilkinson, accessed online, December 2006.
  • Scope and Content
    Collections comprises architectural plans, photographs and relics. Drawings include architectural details, churches, city planning and monuments, competitions, furniture, housing projects, public buildings, residences, students drawings, universities, colleges and schools, in Sydney, NSW and overseas. The photographs have subjects including churches, city planning, competition, public buildings, residences, university buildings and Professor Wilkinson.

    Typescript guide available for consultation at Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales.
  • Source
    Presented by G.L.R. Wilkinson, 1975 and 1985. Pic.Acc.4652
  • Copying Conditions
    Research & study copies allowed:
    Copyright status:: Copyright not owned by the Library
  • Finding Aids
    Contents list available in the Mitchell Library Reading Room -
  • Description source

    Information transferred from Pictures Card Catalogue as part of the eRecords Project, 2008-2009.
  • General note

    Digital order no:Album ID : 874510
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