Topic: James Bennie

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Early Wellington architect who designed many churches, picture theatres, churches and a library.

James Bennie was born in Scotland, emmigrating to New Zealand with his family. His father settled in Brunnerton on the West Coast where he was a mine supervisor.

 

James Bennie studied architecture in Melbourne then returned to New Zealand to practice firstly in Greymouth, then moving to Wellington in 1903 and setting up a practice.

 

He designed several public buildings in Levin including:

 

In 2006 Tony Froude, a Kapiti-based historian, published a book on James Bennie. 

 


 

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