People & Places


Horry Judd

Horrie Judd in a typical pose at work on the Periwinkle house On first meeting Horrie Judd It all came to be more than Sonia [then Knox's foreman] could keep up with, partly because of her transport limitations [a horse named Sherry]   Read more ...

Betty Burstall

Betty Burstall

Betty Burstall 1926 - 2013 Betty Burstall photographed Betty Burstall, the former teacher who nurtured Melbourne's explosion of contemporary theatre in the 1960s and '70s, has died. She was 87. The founder of Carlton's   Read more ...

Kenneth Gee (left) and Professor David Armstrong, pictured at a press conference for The Friends Of Vietnam at the Rex ...

David Armstrong

David Armstrong, 1926-2014David Armstrong, affectionally known as DMA or Armo, was in an elite category of Australian intellectuals ? a philosopher who developed an international reputation, perhaps the most considerable of any   Read more ...

Richard Downing

Richard (Dick) Downing

Photo: Matk Strizic Richard Ivan (Dick) Downing (1915-1975), economist, was born on 13 March 1915 at Caulfield, Melbourne, second child of Horace Gleadow Downing, public servant, and his wife Blanche Pauline, née Domec-Carré, both   Read more ...

Alistair Knox

Alistair Knox

Alistair Samuel Knox (1912-1986), architect and builder, was born on 8 April 1912 at South Melbourne, second child of locally born parents Arthur Jean François Knox, clerk, and his wife Margaret Longmore, née Brown. Educated   Read more ...

Wynn Roberts

Wyn Roberts

Wynn Roberts as Sgt. Bumpher in Picnic at Hanging Rock Wynn Roberts, who was on his way to becoming a leading Shakespearian actor, became my first foreman and took control of the construction of this house. He was a close friend of   Read more ...

Professor Emeritus Jim Pittard

Professor Emeritus Jim Pittard

Professor Emeritus Jim Pittard. Photo: Uniersity of Melbourne Microbial geneticist Alfred James (Jim) Pittard was born in Ballarat in 1932. He completed secondary school at the Ballarat Church of England Grammar School in 1949.   Read more ...

Justus Jorgensen in 1939

Justus Jorgensen

Justus Jorgensen in 1939 Justus Jorgensen (1893-1975), artist, was born on 12 May 1893 at East Brighton, Melbourne, third of six children of Simon Jorgensen, a master mariner from Norway, and his Victorian-born wife Nora, née   Read more ...

Ferguson tractor

Keith Joslyn

A Ferguson tractor 1950 Alistair says of Keith Joslyn in his article 'Belief in Building' He is, without exception, the prince of earth-movers and land-sculptors. He started earth-moving at the age of about eleven, with the aid of a   Read more ...

Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall Robert graduated as an architect from the University of Melbourne in 1968. He then worked with Alistair Knox in Eltham until early 1973, punctuated with an extensive overseas trip. In 1973 Robert set up his own   Read more ...

Frederick Romberg in 1937

Frederick Romberg

Frederick Romberg in 1937 Frederick Romberg (1913?1992), architect and academic, was born Friedrich Sigismund Hermann Romberg on 21 June 1913 at Tsingtao (Qingdao), China, second child of German parents Kurt Romberg, judge, and his   Read more ...

Suzanne Dance

Suzanne Dance

Suzanne Dance. Photo: Tony Knox Susanne Dance graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1965. Upon receiving her degree, Dance was introduced to the concept of Urbanism, and realized that the   Read more ...

Allan Lim Joon in 2003 preparing one of his models for flight

Allan Lim Joon

Allan Lim Joon in 2003 preparing one of his models for flight Allan Lim Joon (14 April 1928 - 9 May 2017) was an aeronautical engineer who became one of alistair's most loyal clients. In all they commissioned three houses. Allan   Read more ...

Peter Glass and his wife Cecile on holiday

Peter Glass

Peter Glass and his wife Cecile on holiday Peter Glass (1917-1997) was an artist and a trained draftsman who started working for Alistair as a carpenter and mud brick worker in 1948. As the Knox building empire expanded he progressed   Read more ...

Kevin Borland

Kevin Borland

Kevin Borland Kevin Borland was a friend of Alistair's and in the early stages of Knox's career signed off on his designs as 'Supervisor'. Following is the Borland entry in wikipedia Kevin Borland (28 October 1926 ? 2000) was   Read more ...