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Alfred Newman (architect)

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Nationality  Australian
Education  Prince Alfred College
Role  Architect
Name  Alfred Newman
Occupation  Architect

Alfred Newman (architect)
Born  18 January 1875 (1875-01-18) South Australia
Projects  15 Methodist Churches throughout NSW
Design  The Tower Wing MLC School
Died  January 18, 1921, New South Wales, Australia

Alfred Gambier Newman (18 January 1875 – 18 January 1921) was an Australian architect active in the first 20 years of the 20th century. He designed significant work for both the Methodist Church and the Newman and Vickery families.


Alfred Newman (architect) Novak Residence by Alfred Newman Beadle Phoenix AZ Mid Century

Early life

Newman was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia, one of eight children of Emma Ann (née Fisher) and the Rev. Charles Thomas Newman. He was educated at Prince Alfred College (PAC), Adelaide (1887–1890) where his art master was James Ashton. After leaving PAC, Newman studied art and design at the South Australian School of Art . In 1896 his mother died in Kapunda. and in 1900 his father married Elizabeth Vickery, the daughter of Ebenezer Vickery, merging two prominent Methodist families.


Newman worked as an architect in Adelaide and became an Associate of the South Australian Institute of Architects in 1898. He advertised in The Advertiser as "Alfred G Newman A.S.A.I.A. Architect" of Augusta Street Glenelg, South Australia and later in King William Street, Adelaide before moving to Sydney in 1906. He resigned from the South Australian Roll of Architects in 1909.

Marriage and family

Newman and his wife lived at Ingleburn, Kingsland Road, Strathfield, and had three daughters, one stillborn. He died at home in Strathfield in 1921.

Church commissions

From the time Newman moved to Sydney he was a superintendent of the Sunday school at the Strathfield Methodist Church and over a period of 15 years did a substational amount of design work for the church. His buildings include:


  • Auburn Methodist Church (now Uniting Church) corner of Helena and Harrow Streets, Auburn, New South Wales;
  • Barraba Methodist Church, Barraba, New South Wales;
  • Beecroft Methodist Church (now Uniting Church), Beecroft Road Beecroft, New South Wales;
  • Blackheath Methodist Church (now Uniting Church) 43-45 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, New South Wales;
  • Dee Why Methodist Church (now Cecil Gribble Uniting Church) 60 Howard Avenue Dee Why, New South Wales;
  • Epping Methodist Church, Epping, New South Wales;
  • Kempsey Methodist Church, Kempsey, New South Wales;
  • Lakemba Methodist Church (now Uniting Church) The Boulevarde, Lakemba, New South Wales;
  • Manilla Methodist Church (now Uniting Church) Strafford Street, Manilla, New South Wales;
  • North Ryde Methodist Church, North Ryde, New South Wales;
  • Rhodes Methodist Church, Rhodes, New South Wales;
  • Strathfield Methodist Church (now Carrington Avenue Uniting Church) 13 Carrington Avenue, Strathfield, New South Wales;
  • Tighes Hill Methodist Church, Tighes Hill, New South Wales;
  • Young Methodist Church, Young, New South Wales;
  • The Warren Methodist Church, Illawarra Road, Marrickville, New South Wales;
  • Wentworthville Methodist Church, Wentworthville, New South Wales;
  • Woodford Methodist Church (now abandoned) 68 Great Western Highway, Woodford, New South Wales;
  • Wyalong Methodist Church, Wyalong, New South Wales.
  • For the Church of Christ he designed:

  • Marrickville Church of Christ, 389 Illawarra Road Marrickville, New South Wales.
  • Church school halls

  • Campsie Methodist Church School Hall, Campsie, New South Wales;
  • Epping Methodist Church School Hall, Epping, New South Wales.
  • Parsonages

  • Croydon Park Methodist Parsonage, Croydon Park, New South Wales;
  • Granville Methodist Parsonage, Granville, New South Wales;
  • Woodford Methodist Parsonage (now a private house) 69 Great Western Highway, Woodford, New South Wales.
  • Commercial

  • Shop and Residence (in front of Uniting Church Hall) 282-284 King Street, Newtown, New South Wales.
  • References

    Alfred Newman (architect) Wikipedia

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