Port Elizabeth of Yore: McWilliams Father & Son duo of Architects

Sprogs on the banks of the Swartkops River in 1955 -  McWilliams #15

Port Elizabeth seems to be blessed with famous McWilliams. Apart from the McWilliams of Rink Street, there was the father and son duo who were both famous architects: William and Herbert McWilliams. 

Of the two, Herbert, the son, certainly led a full and varied life, worthy of a biography. 

Main picture: Sprogs on the banks of the Swartkops River in 1955 –  Herbert McWilliams’ sprog is #15

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George Dix-Peek: Port Elizabeth’s First Architect [1839-1901]

George Dix-Peek circa 1874 in colonial military attire

A lasting legacy has been left by George Dix-Peek in his adopted town of Port Elizabeth in the form of some well-known buildings. Ironically his grandson, Milton Dix-Peek, also had ambitions of becoming an architect but WW2 intruded in his studies. Sadly, after the war he did not resume his studies.

Main picture: George Dix-Peek circa 1874 in colonial military attire

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