William Hawke

Male 1872 - 1938  (65 years)

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  • Name William Hawke 
    Born 21 Jan 1872  Montfleury, Grenoble, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried 1938  St John's Cemetery, Wynberg, Cape Town Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 04 Jan 1938  Kenilworth, Capetown, SA [Telegram from Minnie Hawke (Rodger, sister-in-law) Maidenhead ] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I586  CATH UK
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 

    Father John Andrew Hawke,   b. 16 Feb 1839, Bodmin, Cornwall Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1877, Lyons, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Sarah Jane Norrish Goodridge,   b. 03 Feb 1839, Sandford, Devon (Copy of cert.) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Nov 1917, Stoke Cottage, London Rd., Norbury, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 09 Feb 1867  Aveton Gifford, Devon. Witnesses John Andrew, Ann Elizabeth Hawke (Marr. cert.) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Jemima Cross,   b. 09 Mar 1862, Clifton, Bristol [PRO 6a 82] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1934, Kenilworth, Cape Town, SA (of malaria) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1897  Exeter, Devon [PRO 5b 135 Dec] Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. William Gordon Hawke,   b. 1898, Croydon [2a 260 Q4] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1898, Croydon [2a 163 Q4] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [Natural]
     2. Mary MILLICENT Hawke,   b. 24 Feb 1900, Croydon [PRO 2a 223 June] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1988, Fish Hoek, SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)  [Natural]
     3. William SELWYN Hawke,   b. 26 Jan 1901, Croydon [PRO 2a 284 Mar] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1988, Fish Hoek, SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  [Natural]
     4. Ronald Erwin "Roy" Hawke,   b. 28 Jun 1902, Croydon [2a 267 Q3] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1922, Said to have been bitten by a poisonous snake out in the bush/Cape Town Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)  [Natural]
     5. Mervyn "Mick" Hawke,   b. 03 Oct 1905, Croydon [2a 286 Q4] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Oct 1986, at Groote Schuur Hospital, Capetown Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 21 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

      Cape Town Death Notice No: MOOC 6/9/5025 Filed on: 15/1/1938 Ref no 5778 Film No:

      Name of Deceased:William Hawke
      Birthplace:Grenoble, France
      Age at Death:65 years 11 months
      Condition in Life:Architect
      Ordinary Residence:"Hawkridge" Lover's Walk, Kenilworth
      Marital Status:Widower
      Surviving Spouse:
      Predeceased Spouses Mary Hawke
      And Dates of Death:21 September 1934

      Date of Death:4 January 1938
      Place of Death:"Hawkridge" Lover's Walk, Kenilworth
      Place of Last MarriageExeter England
      Children:Millicent Mary Hawke
      Selwyn Hawke
      Mervyn Hawke


      Movable Property:Yes
      Immovable Property:Yes
      Estate Exceeds £:
      Was a Will Left:Yes
      Signed at:Cape Town
      Dated on:5 January 1938
      Signed by:W. McKinley
      In capacity of:


      A principal in the Cape Town firm HAWKE and McKINLAY from about 1905 until his death. Hawke was born of English parents in Grenoble, France and educated in England. In 1888 at the age of sixteen he was articled to WS Dobell in Exeter, Devon where he remained for four years gaining experience of a general country practice. In 1892 he received an Honours Diploma and won a Bronze Medal for Building Construction from the Science and Art Department, South Kensington. He remained for a few months in Dobell's office as an improver on completion of his articles before travelling abroad for a short time. On his return in 1893 he entered the office of Mr Caroe for a period before entering the office of GOLDIE, CHILD & GOLDIE, studying further at the Royal Academy Schools and sitting the RIBA examination in 1894. In 1895 he moved to the office of Aston Webb and Ingress Bell where he was associated with Mr North…in wining the competition for the Rugby Municipal Buildings. Here he also prepared drawings for the competition for the University of the Cape of Good Hope and designed three private (and so far unidentified) houses in Norbury, London and was engaged with restoration work at Kennerleigh (?) Church, Devon. At the time he was living at Woodbury Cottage, Thornton Heath, Surrey (in which village both W. Bevan and P Eagle resided in 1902). According to Wendland, Hawke worked in the Admiralty Office of Works in London and while there reputedly assisted with the design of the Simonstown Sanatorium (now the Naval Signal School) in 1903.

      Evidently a capable and thorough man, Hawke had a remarkable flair for producing prize-wining designs, no doubt ably assisted by his partner WM McKinlay. Hawke had met McKinlay while in Webb's office and the collaborated on competition work, one way architects were able to set up independent practice, and won first premium for the Cape of Good Hope University Buildings in 1905. They left for the Cape the same year, entering into what was to be a thirty-year partnership in Cape Town. Latterly Hawke was elected president of the Institute of South African Architects (1934 - 1835). He died at his home "Hawkridge" Lovers Walk, Kenilworth in Cape Tow

      The partnership between HAWKE and McKINLAY dated from 1905 and their arrival in Cape Town as winners of the competition for the Cape of Good Hope University offices and examination hall in Victoria Street. The partners subsequently won a number of competitions of national importance including the Law Courts in Bloemfontein (1906), now the Supreme Court; the National Museum, Bloemfontein (1907, officially opened in 1915); Johannesburg City Hall (1910) for which they also designed the grand organ and were responsible later (1937 - 1940) two-storey addition to the City Hall. It is of interest to note that the original 1910 green-glazed, hand-made Spanish tiles were specified for the new roof but had become unobtainable due to the Spanish Civil War, thus since "the Spanish Village where these tiles were made is no longer in existence and they will be replaced by bluish brindle tiles made in Pretoria" (PWD Annual Report 1939)

      The Edwardian "Grand manner" adopted by Hawke and McKinlay found favour again when in 1911 Hawke and McKinlay were placed second in the competition for the Municipal Offices in Bulawayo.

      Everard White joined the partnership around 1911 and the Bloemfontein practice was styled Hawke, McKinlay & White. The partners won the competition for Vereeniging Town Hall in 1919 and operated on other joint projects. In 1920 they were appointed co-architects with CP Walgate to the University of Cape Town following the death of JM Solomon.

      A brief, possible defensive, comment on one of their buildings (the Atlas Building, Cape Town, 1935 -1938) gives a thumbnail sketch of their design characteristics of the mid 1930's "the material is excellent. the design is Lutyensesque". The criticisms are trivial. In 1939 after Hawke's death the firm continued as Hawke, McKinlay and Sayce. A number of drawings by the firm mostly relating to work at the University of Cape Town campus, survive in the University of Cape Town Library. Photographs of McKinlay and Hawke appeared in the Architect, Builder and Engineer (Feb 1921) in connection with their work at the University of Cape Town.

      Architect and Builder April 1918 pg 285
      Architect and Builder Feb 1921 pg 4
      Dictionary of South African Biography Vol. 3 pg 380 & 381
      Picton Seymour - 1977
      Rennie - 1978
      Braby's Directory O.F.S. 1937 - 1938
      Register of the South African Family by DR. Malherbe
      S.A. Geslag Registeers by Heese and Lombard


      Hawke, William, d. 1938
      Place of birth: France
      Date of death: 4 Jan 1938
      Place of death: Cape Town, South Africa
      Address: Woodbury Cottage, Thornton Heath, London, England [1895]
      The Rhodes Building, St George's Street, Cape Town, South Africa [1905]
      Stoke Cottage, Norbury, London SW [1906]

      Education and Training:
      Articled to Samuel Dobell of Exeter 1888-92 and continued as improver. In offices of William Douglas Caroe [1857-1938], Messrs Goldie, Child & Goldie [Geore Goldie [1828-1887, Charles Edwin Child [1843-1911] & Edward Goldie [1856-1921], Sir Aston Webb [1849-1930] and Edward Ingress Bell [1836 or 7-1914]. RA Schools. Passed qualifying exam 1894.
      Professional qualifications:
      ARIBA 2 Dec 1895: proposed by R P Spiers, F R Farrow, W D Caroe: FRIBA 8 Jan 1906: proposed by A Webb, J S Gibson, A N Prentice.
      Professional and practice information:
      Commenced independent practice 1897 in Croydon. Emigrated to South Africa 1905. In partnership with W W N McKinlay. President Institute of South African Architects 1930-1.
      No list in RIBA Associate's Nomination Papers. See RIBA Journal obit.
      Other information:
      President Cape Town Provincial Institute 1930-1 & 1934-5.
      RIBA Journal v45, 1938, p623 * see below
      Avery obit
      RIBA Nomination Papers A v13 p50 - fiche reference: 60/C5
      BAL Biography File

      It is with deep regret that we have to record the passing of William Hawke [F], who died at Capetown on 4 January. He took a leading part in professional matters in South Africa, having occupied the position of president of the Cape Provincial Institute in 1930-31 and again in 1934-35; and of president-in-chief of the Institue of South African Architects in 1930-31.
      W. Hawke was born in France of English parentage. He was educated in England and gained his professional experience chiefly in the offices of Goldie, Child & Goldie, Sir ASton Webb and Ingress Bell. He met W W N McKinlay [who subsequently became his partner] whilst in the office of Sir Aston Webb, and together they collaborated in competition work. They were successful in winning the competition for the Cape of Good Hope University buildings, and this work brought the partners to South Africa in 1905.
      The principal works subsequently carried out by them were the Law Courts in Capetown and Bloemfontaein, the University Buildings, Groote Schuur [in association with Mr C P Walgate], the Johannesburg Town Hall [extensive additions to which are now in progress]. the Atlas building, Capetown, the Dutch Reformed Churches at Bethlehem, Aliwal North and Trompsburg, and schools at various centres.
      In the passing of Mr Hawke the Institute of Architects has lost a loyal member and a zealous worker for the betterment of the profession; and those of us who knew him intimately are bereft of a highly esteemed colleague and a staunch friend.