Thomas Ramsay Hall

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Thomas Ramsay Hall
Born(1879-01-02)January 2, 1879
DiedDecember 15, 1950(1950-12-15) (aged 71)
OccupationArchitect
Practice Hall & Dods, Hall and Prentice, Hall and Phillips, Phillips Smith Conwell

Thomas Ramsay Hall (2 January 1879 15 December 1950) was an architect practicing in Brisbane, Australia, during the first half of the twentieth century and was involved in the design and construction of numerous major buildings in South East Queensland including the Queensland Heritage Register listed Brisbane City Hall.

Brisbane capital city of Queensland, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of and the most populated city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.5 million, and the South East Queensland region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.5 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the historic European settlement and is situated inside a peninsula of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia's most populous local government areas (LGAs)—most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. The demonym of Brisbane is "Brisbanite".

South East Queensland Region in Queensland, Australia

South East Queensland (SEQ) is a bio-geographical, political, and administrative region of the state of Queensland in Australia, which contains 3.5 million people out of the state's population of 4.8 million. The area covered by South East Queensland varies, depending on the definition of the region, though it tends to include Queensland's three largest cities: the capital city Brisbane; the Gold Coast; and the Sunshine Coast. Its most common use is for political purposes, and covers 22,420 square kilometres (8,660 sq mi) and incorporates 11 local government areas, extending 240 kilometres (150 mi) from Noosa in the north to the Gold Coast and New South Wales border in the south, and 140 kilometres (87 mi) west to Toowoomba.

The Queensland Heritage Register is a heritage register, a statutory list of places in Queensland, Australia that are protected by Queensland legislation, the Queensland Heritage Act 1992. The register is maintained by the Queensland Heritage Council.

Life

Thomas Ramsay Hall was born on 2 January 1879 [1] [2] and was the son of John R Hall, one of Brisbane's early architects, and his third wife Charlotte, née Whiteway. [3] Thomas was the younger half-brother of Francis Richard Hall who was the oldest practicing architect in Australia at the time of his own death in 1939. [4]

Francis Richard Hall was an architect in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Many of his works are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.

Hall attended Brisbane Grammar School from 1891 where he won the Francis memorial prize for mathematics. After graduation, he studied accountancy, architecture and became an approved valuer. From 1907 he was town clerk for Sandgate Council. [5] On 9 March 1910 he married Emma Lingley at St Nicholas's Church, Sandgate. [6] The couple had four children: Jean Charlotte, Sibyl, Jack Ramsay and W. R. [7] [8]

Brisbane Grammar School boys school in Queensland, Australia

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Sandgate, Queensland Suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Sandgate is a coastal suburb in Brisbane, Australia, 16 kilometres (10 mi) north of the Brisbane CBD. The town became a popular escape for the people of Brisbane in the early 20th century. At the 2016 Australian Census the suburb recorded a population of 4,909.

He was associated with the firm of Hall & Dods and, in the early 1900s, entered into partnership with George Gray Prentice and established the firm of Hall and Prentice. During 1922, he travelled to the United States of America to look at architectural advancements and practices, particularly relating to theatres and auditoriums, that could be adopted for use in Australia. [9] In 1930 Hall and Lionel Blythewood Phillips became partners and formed Hall and Phillips. [10] [11] The firm eventually became Phillips Smith Conwell. [12]

Hall & Dods was an architectural partnership in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The partners were Francis Richard Hall and Robin Dods and the partnership lasted from 1896 to 1913.

George Gray Prentice was an architect practising in Brisbane, Australia, during the first half of the twentieth century and was involved in the design and construction of numerous major buildings in South East Queensland including the Queensland Heritage Register listed Brisbane City Hall.

Hall and Prentice was an architectural firm established in 1919 in Brisbane, Australia, through the partnership of Thomas Ramsay Hall and George Gray Prentice. The firm designed many prestigious buildings in the Brisbane area, including Musket Villa, Brisbane City Hall, Sandgate Town Hall and the Tattersalls Club.

Throughout his career, Hall was involved with a number of significant buildings in Queensland including the Brisbane City Hall, Sandgate Town Hall, Southport Town Hall, Boonah Butter Factory, Ascot Chambers, McDonnell & East Ltd Building, Castlemaine Perkins Building, Main Beach Pavilion, Southport Surf Lifesaving Club and the Tattersalls Club.

Brisbane City Hall Civic building in Brisbane, Australa

Brisbane City Hall, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, is the seat of the Brisbane City Council. It is located adjacent to King George Square, where the rectangular City Hall has its main entrance. The City Hall also has frontages and entrances in both Ann Street and Adelaide Street. The building is considered one of Brisbane's finest and is registered on the Register of the National Estate since 1978.

Sandgate Town Hall

Sandgate Town Hall is a heritage-listed town hall at 5 Brighton Road, Sandgate, City of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Thomas Ramsay Hall and built from 1911 to 1912 by John Gemmell. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 13 January 1995.

Southport Town Hall, Queensland former town hall in Southport, Queensland, Australia

Southport Town Hall is a heritage-listed former town hall at Nerang Street, Southport, Gold Coast City, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Hall & Phillips and built in 1935 by H Cheetham. It is also known as Gold Coast City Hall, Gold Coast Town Hall, and South Coast Town Hall. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 5 October 1998.

Hall was involved in horse racing throughout his life and was a member of the Tattersalls Club and the Queensland Turf Club. The T.R. Hall Handicap is named in his honour. [13] Between 1929 and 1931, after being a member for fifteen years, he became the president of the Tattersalls Club. [14]

Tattersalls Club

Tattersalls Club is a heritage-listed club house at 206 Edward Street, Brisbane City, Queensland, Australia. It was designed by Hall and Prentice and built from 1925 to 1949. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 21 October 1992.

The Queensland Turf Club (QTC) was founded in August 1863.

He was also involved with the Southport Golf Club for many years and the family had a holiday home called 'Niarda' in Southport where they hosted bridge parties and entertained guests. The property had extensive views of the Broadwater and was located on the Esplanade in the vicinity of the Southport Croquet Club. [15] [16] [17] [18] [19]

In 1939 he was appointed to the Defence Works Advisory Panel started by the Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies to make economies and hasten essential construction activities during World War II. [20] [21]

Hall died on 15 December 1950. [22]

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