John Campbell (architect)

For other people named John Campbell, see John Campbell (disambiguation).
John Campbell

John Campbell, around 1892
Born (1857-07-04)4 July 1857
Died 4 August 1942(1942-08-04) (aged 85)
Wellington, New Zealand
Nationality Scotland
Occupation Architect
Projects Dunedin Law Courts, Wellington Public Trust Building
The Dunedin Law Courts

John Campbell (4 July 1857 – 4 August 1942) was a Scottish architect, responsible for many government buildings in New Zealand.[1][2]

Born in Scotland, he travelled to New Zealand in 1882 after training in Glasgow under John Gordon. From 1883 to his retirement in 1922 he worked for the government, holding the title of Government Architect from 1909 onwards. He is most widely known for post offices, including those of Auckland and Wellington and two other designs reproduced widely across the country.

In New Zealand he first lived and worked in Dunedin. While there he was responsible for the 1896 prison, later also a Police Station, in the Queen Anne manner and reminiscent of Norman Shaw's New Scotland Yard, and for the Dunedin Law Courts building, an adaptation of an earlier design for a railway station whose plan is a precursor of Campbell's design for the New Zealand parliament building in Wellington.

He died in Wellington in 1942.[1][3]


  1. 1 2 Richardson, Peter. "Campbell, John". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  2. "Campbell, John -". New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Retrieved 28 December 2009.
  3. "Cemetery record". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 2 January 2010.

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