The Lawson Lecture

Mason & Wales: The P.Y. Wales Years, 1892-1938

Presented by David Murray

Wednesday 18th October, 7pm

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum Auditorium

Established in Dunedin over 150 years ago, Mason and Wales is New Zealand's oldest architectural firm. The second of four generations of architects from the Wales family, Patrick Young Wales (1864-1939) became a partner in 1892 and took over control of the firm from his father in 1903. He was the first partner born in New Zealand and received his training both here and in Australia. During his time the practice designed large private residences including 'Manono' on London Street, commercial premises such as the Imperial Buildings on Dowling Street, and a diverse variety of other structures. These ranged from small cemetery monuments to large-scale projects such as the Drill Hall in Bridgeman Street, and racecourse buildings at Wingatui. Wales specialised in hospital design and for many years his firm gained most of the hospital commissions in Otago.

This lecture looks at the life work of P.Y Wales and the activities of Mason & Wales from the 1890s to the 1930s. It will explore examples of the firm's work and the development of the building and design professions during a period of rapid technological change. 

David Murray is also the author of the blog Built in Dunedin.


Image credit: Te Papa C.012089