George Henry Male Addison
Addison was born on 23 March 1857 in Llanelly, Wales, the son of Edward James Addison (1820–1863), a Wesleyan minister and Jane Roswell née Male (1833–1860). His father undertook missionary work in West Africa but it damaged his health and he died in 1863 and Addison was raised by his maternal grandfather, Henry Male in Somerset. His sister, Emily Jane Addison (1855–?) worked as a governess to the family of Alexander McArthur in Brixton and, in 1834 married their son John Percival McArthur (1858–1901).
Addison immigrated to South Australia to work on a number of large government projects. After that, he moved to Melbourne and worked for the firm Terry and Oakden, later forming the firm Oakden, Addison and Kemp. There he was one of the founders of the Melbourne Art Society along with John Mather, Tom Roberts, Frederick McCubbin and other well-known artists.
In 1884 he married Emily Alice Maude with whom he had four children:
- Lily Isabel Maude Addison (1885–1968)
- Edward James Addison (1887–1956)
- George Frederick Addison (1889–1985)
- Edith May Addison (1892–?)
In 1889, Addison came to Brisbane to design the (former) London Chartered Bank of Australia building on the corner of Queen and Creek Streets, Brisbane (demolished 1976). He liked the climate and decided to stay, working on his own. Later he went into partnership with his son George. His daughter Lily worked as a draftswoman and then architect in her father's firm; she was one of the earliest women to practice architecture in Australia.
His works included:
- The Albert Street Uniting Church, Brisbane, built in 1888-89
- The villa Cliveden Mansions, built in 1888 at Spring Hill
- The villa Kirkston, built in 1888–89 at Windsor
- Extensive additions to the villa Stanley Hall at Clayfield, in 1889
- The Mansions, 40 George Street, Brisbane built in 1889.
- Fernbrook, his home in Indooroopilly built c. 1889. Fernbrook was eventually demolished in the 1920s and the University of Queensland silver-lead mine resides on the land.
- The villa Cumbooquepa, built in 1890 at South Brisbane, now part of Somerville House School
- The Old Museum Building, Brisbane, originally an exhibition building and concert hall built in 1891
- a religious building at All Hallows' School, a heritage-listed school at 547 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, built in 1915
- buildings at the Eagle Farm Racecourse including the totaliser building, the ticket offices and the latrines, built around 1913-1914
- St Columba's Church, Wilston built in 1915 
- St Benedict's Catholic Church, 81 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane built in 1917
- Sacred Heart Church, Rosalie built in 1918
- Blessed Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church, Cannon Hill in 1921
Addison was a chairman of the Brisbane Art Gallery.
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