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From: JenniferBantow <>
Subject: Re: [GEELONG] Backhouse and Reynolds
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 10:19:37 +1100
There are quite a lot of references for William REYNOLDS and even
more for BACKHOUSE and the firm BACKHOUSE & REYNOLDS.
The Geelong Advertiser (Morrow) index has the following for Mr & Mrs
19 Apr 1855 daughter born 17 Apr at Skene Street
20 Jan 1857 son born 17 Jan at Herne Hill
9 Jan 1858 address Herne Hill near F. Bauer and Edwin Wood
15 Jun 1858 daughter born 13 Jun at Herne Hill
15 Aug 1859 daughter born 13 Aug at Herne Hill
5 Mar 1860 selling up, auction of effects Herne Hill 7 Mar
(Herne Hill is a suburb of Geelong)
BACKHOUSE was practising in Geelong from 1853. Under BACKHOUSE &
REYNOLDS in the same index, one entry from a long list specifically
20 Nov 1855 Wm Reynolds taken into partnership 17 Nov.
and then at the end of the list:
23 Feb 1860 Leaving Geelong, business transferred to Young and Honey
Under BACKHOUSE Benjamin (Mr & Mrs) in the same index, also a long
list, the final entry is:
23 Feb 1860 Herne Hill property effects for auction on 5 Mar
Looks like the BACKHOUSE and REYNOLDS families lived near each other
and sold up at the same time. Did they do other similar things? Mr
and Mrs BACKHOUSE had seventeen children.
From the Geelong Historical Journal, the 'Investigator' March 1971,
an article 'Pioneer Geelong Architects' by P L Browne and G E Drinnan:
In 1860 BACKHOUSE and REYNOLDS returned to England. BACKHOUSE
re-emigrated and in 1861 began in Brisbane.
There's also a BACKHOUSE diary article by Gladys Seaton in the
'Investigator' Sept 1978 mentioning REYNOLDS and a thesis (University
of NSW 1969) by Craig Burton on the architecture of BACKHOUSE which I
haven't seen but which may mention REYNOLDS.
There are also references to the specific buildings they designed in
various conservation studies. The firm had a branch business in
If you'd like copies of any of the above in detail please let me know.
Couldn't find a photo of William maybe because he left so early.
>Thank you so much for that information, I can add it to his name.
>William Reynolds was my Great Grandfather.
>Could you tell me where you obtained the information ? I wondered if there
>might be some archival photos of him still in existence.