Macdonald Dictionary Record: Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort
George Ranald Macdonald
One record, handwritten in ink on rectangular card, with biographical information for Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort. Written by George Ranald Macdonald for the Macdonald Dictionary of Canterbury Biography project, 1952-1964.
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Marks/Inscriptions: M 686 B.W. Mountfort being unsafe The new church witt low walls and wide spain was designed by Mallon son. .This was a shattering blow for Mountfort and it took him some years to recover fi om it. He started a book and stationary shop and was agent for the Lylt. Times Feb. 56. He had a photographi es tab lis ment in 57 C.O. Torlesse noted 24. "Got my like ness taken at Mo In Aug. 56 he was appointed drawing master at Lylt. Gram mar School and in 59 at X's Coll. He went into part. with Isaac Lucha who nad married his sister Sus rima in Mount fort and fuck were respons ile for the Prov. Corn Buildings and for St. Johns Lat. Sq. which was con secreted A p. 60. His part. with Luck was diss. in July 64 and he immediately went in to part. with Maxwell Bury.. other accounts say that Bury des ig ned St. Johns Lat Sq. Bury + Mount fort divided the prize for the Mussen w ith Speechly; they were responsible for St. James's - the - Cust. When it was decided to start on the building of the Cathedral a commission sat to dis ens what Canty architect was to supervise the carrying out of Scott plans. There was fierce competition for goo d C.O. Torlesse. Journal; 22 LT. 22.1.59; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: B.W. Mountfort M. 686 jobs such as their. Edward Dobson said that vanity apart" he was the only person qualified to superin tend owing to his superior train ing The Commiss conners fling against Mount fort steadily grew into decision against him . His design for the new Govt House at Auck. had been rejected by Col. Mould , in command of N.Z. Engineers. The Rev. James Wilson wr ote to Selfe giving him the vices of the Commission again st Mount fort. Bishop Harper was also against hum. It was said that Edward Doon had intrigued ag aust Mount fort; but he had written to Scott, strongly recommending him. This was ol before his Mount forts Prov. Coun. plans which turned the tide in his favour. Speck ley was sent out f own Eng. to superiors the Cathedral. The Lylt Times sald in a leader in '64 that they knew for a fact that many subscriptions prom ied for the Cathedral would be withdrawn Mount fort had been appointed local architect Sewell in his Journal clever , mexperienced , unsafe . His designs petty to look at and indicative of talent but churches on paper and in substantial materials are might different things" He was a member of the managing comm. of the Canty Rifle Vol inker. sewell s Tourna; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: B.W. Mount fort 4 M. 686 and was a good rifle shot. He was a prize winer at the shooting match held at Papanui on Anniversary Day b1. He was chosen as Ensign No 2 Cor. July 64. He was the an thor of a mono graph on the Henry 11, Chapel . at Westminster. He was a direct descen daunt f Simon de Mont fort. Herald ry and the architectural forms and s yin bols ass scaled with it became his hobby. He built himself a house in Glos. St. nar Stanmore Rd and although h of Wood it still dis played the Gothic in hence which showed in all his work. He was short. stod y , genial looking with smiling Eyes S. Brice said that "when he walked he gave the in press on that he was , the unin her of steps Yards fe omn his house to his office is tallying He was quietly spoken, in ass nin ing , almost taciturn , yet of a wining , Eager manner when his interest was aroused. He could well be described as a Cove atlee man . He was a devout. Church san and oue Sunday was hurrying to Canty Coll. with his architect in al papers hidden under his cot meaning to dv some work out of sight f the good keepers of the Sabbath . He was confused when the y shipped to he y LT. 2.5.60 : 22.5.61 : 18.12.61 : P. 16.7.64 : 15.7.64 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
Marks/Inscriptions: M.686 B.W. Mountfort the ground , betray ing him to the promenade s After Speechly left he became the local architect in charge of the Cathedral . He designed the Church of the Good Shepherd, Phillip st own and the tower was built as a memorial to him He designed cathedrals for Auck. , Napier and Brutish North Borneo. and the hal at Canty Coll. He was a member of the diocesan synod and , S.Pats r vestryman . St Pa is Papanui and cross bearer of the Church of the Good Shepherd . He was a vestryman of Avonside Ap . 69. He taught Dy Barker the art of photography. He gave his address to the Canty Assoc. as 2. Earl St. westminster. His R.S. 20 of 50 ac. was selected on the Heathcote in what is now Woolston. He d. 15.3.98 son Wilfred educ. X's Coll 65-67 : N.Z. Civil Service d. 95. Cyril Julian -67 marr, Mary Enli only dau Robt. Edmund Haworth t, Rang. ; architect of Ch.Ch. : succeeded his father as resident architect of Harr oft, N of Cathedral He d. 23.11.20 ag 68 Arthur Educ. X; Coll 65-66 : awaroa , Kawhia, Ank d. 26.11.27. Ranui h marr. Auck 23.2.88 Florence 3' dau. G.C.Payne Auck. eldest dau. Edith Miranda marr. 15.5.77 Wm. Russell Morris q.v. LT. 14.4.69 : 7.7.70 :; Type of mark: Machine translation/Transcription; Notes: Machine translation by Mark Fryer
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