People & Places

The Eltham bush


Eltham is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 km north-east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2011 Census, Eltham had a population of 18,162. Eltham is one ... read more
Gordon Ford, ably assisted by Alistair Knox and Tony Jackson, making mud bricks on an early Alistair Knox house

Gordon Ford

Landscape designer 1918 - 1999 We used to call him Thatch or Golden Boy because of his hair; and since he always worked out of doors he was tanned the year round. He eschewed matters of a material nature and this included the wearing ... read more
Peter Glass and his wife Cecile on holiday

Peter Glass

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 to working in the drafting office eventually ... read more
Francis Greenway (1777-1837), by unknown artist. State Library of New South Wales, GPO 1 - 21951

Francis Greenaway

Francis Greenway (1777-1837), architect, was born at Mangotsfield, near Bristol, England, son of Francis Greenway and Ann, nee Webb. The Greenways had been stonemasons, builders and architects in the west country for generations. Francis ... read more
Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), by unknown photographer. <a href="" target="_blank">National Library of Australia</a>, nla.pic-an23379354

Walter Burley Griffin

Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), architect, landscape architect and designer of Canberra, was born on 24 November 1876 at Maywood, near Chicago, United States of America, eldest of four children of George Walter Griffin, insurance agent, ... read more
Justus Jorgensen in 1939

Justus Jorgensen

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 Schreiber. Sent to a convent ... read more
Ferguson tractor

Keith Joslyn

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 scoop and a pair of horses. ... read more
Horrie Judd in a typical pose at work on the Periwinkle house

Horry Judd

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] and partly because she was a natural worker rather than a ... 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 at Scotch ... read more
Dorian Leon Marlois Le Gallienne

Dorian Leon Marlois Le Gallienne

Dorian Leon Marlois Le Gallienne (1915-1963), composer, was born on 19 April 1915 at Armadale, Melbourne, only child of Dorian Reginald Harold Ronald Le Gallienne, a French-born actor, and his wife Charlotte Edith Estella, née White, ... read more
Allan Lim Joon in 2003 preparing one of his models for flight

Allan Lim Joon

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 and his wife Lee (Leonie) came to Alistair via a tiny newspaper ... read more
Margaret Lord

Margaret Lord

Margaret (Peg) Lord was Alistair Knox's girlfriend from 1930 when they attended night classes at the Gallery School, Melbourne until she left to go overseas in 1934. "Margaret Florence Lord was born at Warnambool, Victoria on 12 December ... read more