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James Robert Hughes architectural drawings, ca. 1940-1960

Updated: Jan 9

Moreton Bay Library has recently made available a collection of local architectural drawings, ca.1940-1960, drawn by James Robert Hughes.

This collection includes drawings, blueprints and plans. Many of the designs are for buildings constructed on the Redcliffe peninsula. They include designs for residential housing, community buildings and churches.

James Robert Hughes was educated at St Johns Church School, Northgate and Armstrong College, before obtaining an Engineering Certificate as a Quantity Surveyor. He became an important individual in Redcliffe, acting as president of the Redcliffe RSL, government appointee on the Repatriation Committee, member of the Redcliffe Show Society Committee, treasurer of the Redcliffe Indoor Bowls Club and a senior officer at various Lodges. He served with Australian Defence Force, with the Royal Engineers for three years and with the Camouflage Unit for two and half years.

Hughes managed a range of construction operations including water towers, reservoirs, sewerage schemes, hospitals, banks, roads and bridges. He designed and supervised the construction of the Redcliffe Fire Station, as well as preparing plans for the Redcliffe Herald building and shops along Redcliffe Parade. He was an Alderman on Redcliffe Town Council between 1955 and 1958, and was Chair of the Works and Water Committee. The complete collection can be viewed at the following link:


Photograph of J R Hughes and Express Building company team. J R Hughes is on the left:

From back of photo: "Workshop and office in background for prefabrication of a house; but building control after war allowed only 1 house for each family. In front is a residence to lease with a grocer shop built in front. Later another shop was added. Corner of Oxley Avenue and Chatham Street." Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: MBMP-0019-211

Building and Site Plan for Proposed Shops for G. T. & A. Cassimatis, Redcliffe Parade.

Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection:MBMP-0019-194


Building Plan, Sutton Street for Alterations and Additions to St Mary's Church of England, located in Sutton Street, Redcliffe.

Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection:MBMP-0019-023


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence, Including Shops, for D G Kirby, Cnr Duffield Road & Tramore Street, Margate.

Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection:MBMP-0019-030.


Location and layout of Proposed Fire Escapes & Doorways for Mrs. T. Holland, Holden Court, Margate.

Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: MBMP-0019-053


Stock House Plan Numbers 3 & 4 & 5 (Part of the E.B.C. Series)

Photo from the Moreton Bay Library Collection: MBMP-0019-047


Complete list of drawings available:


Building Plan, Sutton Street Elevation and Section A-A details for Alterations and Additions to St Mary's Church of England, located in Sutton Street, Redcliffe.


Foundation Plan, Typical Section and Site Plan Details for Alterations and Additions to St Mary,s Church of England

Located in Sutton Street, Redcliffe


Proposed Flats for Mrs. A. L. Heinemann, Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Amended Plan and Cnstruction Details for a Proposed Library Building for Redcliffe Peninsula.

Note:- This is the Original Library Building located beside and separate to the Council Chambers.


Building Plan for the Proposed Additions to a Residence for H. Horsburgh, Duffield Road, Margate, Queensland.


Building Plan for an Amenities Building at the Sanitary Depot, Duffield Road, Redcliffe

Prepared for the Redcliffe Town Council.


Building Plan for Proposed Redcliffe Fire Brigade Station showing Layouts, Section Details, and Front Elevation.


Building Plan for the Proposed Residence for W. A. M. Bowman Esq., Mt. Byron via Esk.


Building Plan for a Comp ressor Shed & E. C. Building at the Sanitary Depot, Duffield Road, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for J. R. Johnston, Baileys Road, Enoggera,


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence, Including Shops, for D G Kirby

Cnr Duffield Road & Tramore Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Residence for A. & S. Birch, Barron Road, Redcliffe


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for A. H. Watson, Dunbar Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for A. J. Stone, Corner of Ada Street and Chatham Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan the Proposed Residence for A. Lock Esq., Oxley Avenue, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for A. T. Lang Esq., Kate Street, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Additions to the Dwelling for L. J. Hansen Esq., Sorrento Street, Margate,.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Additions to Residence for Mrs. L. Landry, Cnr. Leonard & Dunbar Streets, Woody Point, Margate


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Additions to Aron Flats for I. W. & M. W. Adams, Cnr. Caroline Street & Victoria Esplanade (Gayundah Esp.), Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Additions to the Shop for J. N. Neal & Co., Brighton Road, Sandgate.


Building and Site Plan for a Proposed Residence for B C Sheppard Esq., Cnr Sydney Street & Dover Road, Redcliffe


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Butcher's Shop for T. J. Burnes Esq., Cnr. Oxley Avenue & Sylvester Streets, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for C. A. Bevan Esq., King Street, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for C. L. & M. C. Carter, James Street, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for the Propoaed Residence for C.S. Rogers Esq., Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe..


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for D. F. Argus Esq., Cnr. Main Coast Road & Irene Streets, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for D. G. Kirby Esq., Cnr Duffield Road & Tramore Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Residence for E.H. & G.C. Clay Esqs., Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for E Rogers, Duffield Road, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Extensions to Dwelling for Rev. F. C. Sewell, 61 Dunbar Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for Extensions to the Residence of B. A. Hudson, Murphy Street, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for F.L. Acworth Esq. Esplanade Road, Oyster Point, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for Mr. F. W. & Mrs. D. A. Oley, Ellen Street, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for F. W. Tronc, Plume Street, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for a Proposed Block for Flats for L. Incigneri, Hornibrok Esplanade, Clontarf.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Flats for V. G. & S. A. Powell, Prince Edward Parade, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Residence for G. V. Router Esq., Cnr. Tiny & Plimsol Streets, Greenslopes, Brisbane.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for I. K. Howard, Arthur Street, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for J & I McKechnie, Dunbar Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Residence for J. A. Lane Esq. Cnr. Westbrook and Hawthorne Streets, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for the Residence for J. Gough, Barron Road, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for J.L & G.E. Taylor at Ada Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Residence for J. Lumley Crimp Esq., Scarborough Road, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for J.R. Hughes, Chatham Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for J. R. Johnston, Baileys Road, Enoggera.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for L.A. Batros, Beach Road, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for L. E. & E. M. Feather, Turner Street, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for L. W. Eldridge Esq., Garnet Street, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for M. A. Heaney Esq., Valerie Street, Clontarf Beach.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for M. J. Moran Esq., Cnr. Pearl and Turner Streets, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Dwelling for Mr. R. Williams., Macdonnell Road, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for Mrs. C. E. Stranger, Cnr. Arthur Street & Oxley Avenue, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for Mrs. Dillon., Jeay Street, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for Mrs. E. E. Henry, Mein Road, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for th e Proposed Residence for Mrs. F. McKinney, Eversleigh Road, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for Mrs. M.V.A. Frost, Cnr. Chatham Street & Dover Road, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence, Office and Surgery etc. for N.R.S. & N.G. MacKenzie at Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Residence for P. C. James Esq. A.F.I.A., Sorrento Street, Margate Heights, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for P.S. & E.I. Smith, Arthur Street, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Alterations to Existing Building for N. R. H. Palmer Esq., Cnr. Herbert Street & Oxley Avenue, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Amenities Hall for the First Scarborough Group Boy Scouts & Wolf Cubs Comm., Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for a Proposed Builders Shed & Workshop for J. R. Hughes, Cnr. Main Coast Road & Chatham Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Dwelling & Shop for T. S. & L. Dellet, Cnr. Irene Street & Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan f or Proposed Flats for Mrs. A. L. Heinemann, Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan f or a Proposed Residence for N.A. & R.A. Neilson, Donald Street, Clontarf.


Building and Site Plan for a Proposed Verandah & W.C. for H. M. Thomason Esq., Cnr. Dunbar & Leonard Streets, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for R. Dillaway, Boyce Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan fo r the Proposed Residence for R. C. Browing Esq., King Street, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Residence for R. E. & D. S. Harrower, Cnr. Eversleigh Road & Scarborough Road, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for R. Feuerriegel, Chatham Street, Margate. Located on Subs 121 & 122 o f Portion 182 Parish of Redcliffe

J.R. Hughes Plan No. 201154


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for R. Feuerriegel, Chatham Street, Margate. Located on Subs 121 & 122 of Portion 182 Parish of Redcliffe


Building and Site Plan for The Proposed Residence for R.G. Ward, Arthur Street, Woody Point.


Building and Site Plan for the Re-erection of a Disposals Hut to be used as a Church for the Congregation of the Church of England Clontarf. Located on Sub 46 of Portion 154 Parish of Redcliffe in Cornelius Street, Clontarf Beach.


Building and Site Plan for the relocation of the existing Church on site for the Church of England. Located in Sutton Street - Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Repairs and Fire Escapes at Endor Flats for O. T. Henderson Cnr. Sutton Street & Violet Street.


Building and Site Plan for a Residence for V. G. & S. A. Powell, Prince Edward Parade, Redcliffe.. Located on Subs 174 & 175 of Portion 243 Parish Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for S. H . Martin Esq. Manley Street, Redcliffe, Queensland. Located on Sub 37 & 39 of Allotments 3-6 of Section 5 of Portion 225 Parish of Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan fo r the Proposed Residence for S.T. Halpin, Bruce Highway, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for a Proposed Garage for S.V & M.F.J. Mullen

Albert Street, Margate, Located on Subs 14-15 of Portion 117, Parish of Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Shop for Express Building Company Pty. Ltd., Cnr. Oxley Avenue & Chatham Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Store Rooms to Existing Shops for J R Hughes, Oxley Avenue, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Res idence and Shop for T. S. & L. Dellet

Cnr. Irene Street & Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan fo r the Proposed Residence for W. G. Compton., Mc Aneny Street, Margate.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for W. J. Faithful

Located in Scarborough, Queensland on Sub 28 Section 6 Portion 262 Parish of Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for the Pr oposed Residence for W. T. Lang Esq.

Cherub Street, Tugan, Queensland.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Workshop for I. H. Schiewe Esq., Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe, Queensland., Located on Sub 2 of Section 3 of Portion 194 Parish of Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for a Proposed Church for the Church of England

Located on the Corner of Mein and Donkin Streets, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for a Proposed Church for the Church of England, Mein Street, Scarborough.


Building and Site Plan for the Proposed Residence for Mr. T. Raymond, Dodds Street, Woody Point, Queensland., Located on Subs 63 & 64 of Portion 118 Parish of Redcliffe.


Design Drawing for a Proposed 1 Ton Crane for Express Building Company Pty. Ltd., Redcliffe.


Design for a Proposed Foundation Stone for Redcliffe R.S.S.A.I.L.A. Memorial Hall & Community Centre. Irene Street, Redcliffe.


Detail Plan for the App roaches and Vehicle Runway at the Proposed Redcliffe Fire Station

Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Detail Plan for the Balcony Balustrades for the Proposed Redcliffe Fire Brigade Station, Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Detail Plan for the Electrical Reticulation Instalation by J.N. Neal & Company at the Proposed Redcliffe Fire Station, Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Detail Plan for the Proposed Official Stand for the Queensland Lawn Tennis Association, Frew Park, Milton, Brisbane.


Detail Plan for the Oil Store & Hose Tower for the Proposed Redcliffe Fire Brigade Station, Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Detail Plan of Proposed Septic System for Mrs. A.L. Heinemann, Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe.


Layout Plan for Two Un-Identified Dwellings, Located side by side on the same block of land.


Plan and Site Plan for Bank Premises and Residence - (Possible Speciman Plan)


Plan and Site Plan for Proposed Shops and Dwelling for J. R. Hughes, Oxley Avenue, Margate, Queensland., Located on Resub 1 of Sub 1 of Portion 182 Parish of Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for Shops for C. Athousis Esq., Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, Located on Resub B of Sub 2 of Resub 2 of Sub 1 of Resub 3 of Subs 55 & 56 Portion 193 Parish of Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Shops for G. T. & A. Cassimatis, Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, Queensland, Located on Resub 5 of Subs 57 & 58 of Portion 193 Parish of Redcliffe.


Building and Site Plan for Proposed Shops for G. T. & A. Cassimatis, Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe, Queensland. (Sheet 2 of 2)., Located on Resub 5 of Subs 57 & 58 of Portion 193 Parish of Redcliffe.


Plan and Site Plan for Proposed Shops for J. R. Hughes, Oxley Avenue, Margate, Queensland., Located on Sub 123 of Portion 182 and Sub 1 of Portion 182 Parish of Redcliffe..


Plan and Site Plan for a Residence for the War Service Homes Commission Circa 1946 - Blueprint.


Plan and Site Plan to Remove and Resite Dwelling for H. M. Henderson Esq., Violet Street, Redcliffe, Queensland., Located on Resub of Subs 518 & 519 of Portion 193 Psrish of Redcliffe.


Plan for a Proposed Open Verandah at the Residence of H. W. Thomason Esq., Cnr. Dunbar & Leonard Streets, Woody Point (Sic.) Margate.


Plan and Site Plan for Proposed Shop for Express Building Company Pty. Ltd., Cnr. Oxley Avenue & Chatham Street, Margate, Queensland. 28/11/1952.


Plan for the Re-site of the Existing Building etc. for M. J. Varendorff., Marine Parade, Redcliffe.


Plan for the Proposed Con version of the First Floor of "Corrigans Building" to office Accommodation for Mr. A. Cassimatis, Marine Parade, Redcliffe.


Plan of Proposed Addition of Bathroom and Conversion to Flats for Miss Gilmore, Webb Street, Margate.


Plan of Proposed Additions to the A. D. T. Press Pty. Ltd. Printing Factory, Redcliffe Herald (Sheet 1 of 3) (Sheet 2 of 3) (Sheet 3 of 3)


Plan of Proposed Additions to the Store Room for Wallers Service Store, Cnr. Oxley Avenue & Chatham Streets, Margate.


Plan of Existing Flats Owned by H. J. Buchanan, Sutton Street, Redcliffe.


Plan of Pool Enclosure for R. Williams., 149 Macdonnell Road, Margate, Queensland.


Plan of Proposed Extensions to a Residence for H J Twible Esq., Dunbar Street, Margate Heights.


Plan of Proposed Extensions to the Residence for M. R. & L. I. Johns, Prince Edward Parade, Redcliffe.


Plan and Construction Details for a Proposed Library Building for Redcliffe Peninsula.

Note:- This is the Original Library Building located beside and separate to the Council Chambers.


Plan of the Location of Feuerriegels's Butcher Shop, Cnr. Oxley Avenue & Chatham Street, Margate, Queensland., Located on Sub 3 of Portion 182 Parish of Redcliffe.


Preliminary Layout for Proposed Flats for Mrs A L Heinemann - Oxley Avenue - Redcliffe.


Proposed Additions to the Residence for I.K. Howard, Arthur Street, Woody Point.


Proposed Additions to the Residence for Charles Patty Esq, Beaconsfield Street, Margate.


Proposed Extensions to an Existing Shed for V.A. Frost, Corner Chatham Street and Dover Road, Margate.


Plan for Proposed Fire Escapes & Doorways for Lahore Flats. Located at Scotts Point.


Location and layout of Proposed Fire Escapes & Doorways for Mrs. T. Holland, Holden Court, Margate.


Removal and Re-erection Plan including Site Layout for I.H. Scheiwe Esq., Dunbar Street, Margate.


Site Layout for Proposed Assembly Plant for Express Building Company Pty Ltd - Chatham Street - Margate.


Stock House Plan Numbers 3 & 4 & 5 - Express Building Company Pty Ltd - Chatham Street - Margate.

Stock House Plan Numbers 6 & 7 & 8 (Part of the E.B.C. Series) for the

Express Building Company Pty. Ltd.



























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