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John Henry Grainger (1855–1917)

Mr. John Henry Grainger, of the firm of Grainger, Little and Barlow, architects and civil engineers, died at his residence, Stevenson street, Kew, on Friday at the age of 62 years. Mr. Grainger came to Australia in 1877, and at the early age of 23 years was a member of the firm of Grainger and D'Ebro, which supplied, in competition, the winning design of Prince's Bridge, Melbourne. Some little time later he was appointed Government architect at Perth, and filled that position till ill-health caused him to retire. He travelled for some years, and then returned to Melbourne, and admitted to partnership Messrs. Kennedy and Little. Recently the firm became Grainger, Little, and Barlow.

Mr. Grainger designed many of the large city buildings of Melbourne. The most recent are the administrative block of the Melbourne Town Hall, the State Savings Bank, Elizabeth House, Collins House, and the reconstruction of Cliveden to Cliveden Mansions. Mr Grainger was a man of tireless energy, and a great traveller. He had visited every country of any architectural importance. His only son is Mr. Percy Grainger, the famous pianist and composer.

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Durham, Durham, England


13 April, 1917 (aged ~ 62)
Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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