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Francis Richard Hall (9 February 1862 – 18 March 1939) was an architect in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Many of his works are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[1]


Early lifeEdit

Francis Hall was born on 9 February 1862 in Brisbane, the son of architect John Richard Hall and his wife Philadelphia (née Starr).[2][3] He attended school in Brisbane and Maryborough before winning a scholarship in 1875 to attend Brisbane Grammar School.[2]


He commenced his architectural career in 1896 when he joined his father's practice which was then renamed Hall & Son. After his father's death in 1883, he became head of the practice. From 1896 to 1913, he worked in partnership with Robert Smith (Robin) Dods as Hall & Dods. From 1923 to 1927, he was in partnership with Alan Devereux as Hall & Devereux. From about 1928, he was in a partnership with Harold Morton Cook as Hall & Cook.[1]

Later lifeEdit

A long-time enthusiast of horse racing, Francis Hall died suddenly in the main grandstand of the Eagle Farm racecourse during the running of the Welter Handicap on the afternoon of Saturday 18 March 1939. His firm Hall & Cook were the architects for the Queensland Turf Club.[2][4] On Monday 20 March 1939, his funeral left his home "Kamalroi", 29 Old Sandgate Road, Albion for the Toowong Cemetery where he was privately interred.[5]

In addition to his interest in horse racing, Hall was also an expert photographer with a large collection of photos of early Brisbane. He was also a keen botanist and trustee of the Queensland Acclimatisation Society.[2]


as Hall & Son
as Hall & Dods

The State Library of Queensland holds a large collection of architectural drawings and plans of Francis Hall and the various partnerships he was involved in.[6]


  1. ^ a b Hogan, Janet. "Hall, Francis Richard (1862–1939)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre for Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "DEATH OF VETERAN ARCHITECT". Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser. Qld.: National Library of Australia. 20 March 1939. p. 6. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  3. ^ Queensland Index of Births 1862/B974
  4. ^ Queensland Index of Deaths 1939/B43003
  5. ^ "Family Notices". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 20 March 1939. p. 10 Section: Second Section. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  6. ^ F.R. Hall & Dods; John Hall & Son; F.R. Hall (Firm); F.R. Hall & W.A. Devereux; F.R. Hall & H.M. Cook; Perry Bland Kennerson Pty Ltd; Addison & Corrie; Queensland. Department of Public Works; Edwards, Bisset & Partners; H.W. Atkinson & A.H. Conrad; Hubert G.O. Thomas (Firm); Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board Brisbane; R.A. Hamilton & James; Richard Gailey (Firm); W.H. Atkinson & A.H. Conrad (1898), 27671 Hall and Dods Architectural Drawings, 1898–1984, retrieved 21 December 2014