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Dalziel Architects

Collection | Ref # ARC-0520 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Dalziel Architects


Dalziel Architects

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21.59 linear metres

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The architectural firm of Miller & White was established in Dunedin in 1927 as a partnership between Eric S.C. Miller and James H. White. Both architects had practiced in the city for some years previously, White in partnership with Leslie Coombs from 1922 to 1927. Miller & White almost immediately took over the Dunedin practice of Edmund Anscombe, who left the city for Wellington in 1928. The most significant client inherited from Anscombe was the University of Otago and Miller & White remained architects to the university for many years.

Eric Miller died in 1948 and Ian Gilman Dunn became a partner in 1949. The firm's name was changed to Miller, White & Dunn. Geoffrey White became a partner in 1957 following the retirement of his father, J.H. White. Rodney C. Dalziel became a partner in 1968. Following the 1978 retirement of I.G. Dunn the firm was renamed Miller, White & Dalziel. Dunn was retained as a consultant. In 1992 the partnership was dissolved on the retirement of Geoff White. The firm was renamed Dalziel Architects in 1994 and continued as the sole practice of Rodney Dalziel. Dalziel entered semi-retirement around 1997 and left Dunedin for the Bay of Islands in 2006. He has retired from practice.

Scope and contents:

This collection includes job files (including specifications and contracts), architectural plans and drawings, correspondence, contract books, financial records, prospects files, practice profiles, archive and staff database records compiled by Rodney Dalziel, papers of I.G. Dunn, University of Otago Works Committee reports, clippings, ephemera, photographs, and other records.

Dates covered:

1874 - 2006

Archival history:

Large deposits were made by the firm in 1987 and 1997. Some Maxwell Bury plans were received earlier, possibly in 1966, but not officially deposited until 1997. A large donation, including most of the plans, was received in 2006. In 2007 all deposits became donations and access restrictions were removed.

Access conditions:

No restrictions.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Dunedin · Invercargill · Oamaru



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