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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Crichton, William

Crichton, William, Exchange Buildings, 12 Grey Street. Telephone 342. Bankers, Bank of New South Wales. Is a native of Cornwall, England, and studied architecture under James Hicks, of Redruth. Arrived 1879 per ship “Chili” He fortunately secured an appoinment in the Colonial Architects Department, where he designed several of the largest public buildings in the Colony. After twelve years he was retrenched, at a time of cutting down in the public service. He established the present business in the year 1891. Since this time Mr. Crichton has designed and superintended the erection of a large number of private dwellings, shops and warehouses in and around the city. His plans for the Free Public Library were awarded the prize, notwithstanding there were twenty-two competitors, and the building was carried out and completed under his able supervision. Mr. Crichton also succeeded in getting his plans for the Palmerston North Courthouse accepted. He has also designed and completed the Boys' Institute on the reclaimed land, the Salvation Army Rescue Home in Cuba Street, and the Salvation Army Hall in Jessie Street. He holds the position of secretary to the Association of Architects of Wellington.