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William Mitcheson Timlin (1892-1943)

William Mitcheson Timlin (1893 – 1943)

‘He is a smith of fancies, an arrant rebel against machinery’ R G Stevens (Cape Times, 1927)

William Timlin was born in Ashington, Northumberland. He was educated at Morpeth Grammar School and, as a result of a scholarship, at Armstrong College. In 1912 he followed his parents to Kimberley, South Africa, and was articled to the architect D W Greatbatch. This led to the formation of a successful architectural partnership for which Timlin designed several major buildings in Kimberley, including the hospital, high schools and war memorial.

However, his most representative architectural project might be considered the fantastic interior of Johannesburg's Colosseum Theatre. For, in parallel to this career, he worked as a prolific and popular painter and illustrator, drawing on the achievements of Dulac and Rackham.

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