Person NameBarnet; James Johnstone (1827-1890); Architect, New South Wales
ForenamesJames Johnstone
EpithetArchitect, New South Wales
ActivityJames Barnet was born in Arbroath on 17 October 1827. In 1843 he became a carpenter’s apprentice with a London builder. He also studied drawing and design with William Dyce. He left his apprenticeship to study architecture under Charles J Richardson, a pupil of Sir John Soane. He spent five years as Clerk of Work for the Fishmongers’ Company before emigrating to Australia in 1854. There he found work at Sydney University. In 1860 he was offered the post of Clerk of Works as deputy to the New South Wales Colonial Architect Alexander Dawson. He was appointed Acting Architect in 1862. He was responsible for the extensive and important period in government building in New South Wales. He was responsible for over 1,200 separate works including the General Post Office, Customs House and the Garden Palace. He retired in 1890.
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