Memorial for James Peter Birrell

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Pier 33

33-45 Parkyn Parade

Mooloolaba, QLD 4557


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In loving memory of James Peter Birrell, we are commemorating his extraordinary life & achievements.

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James Peter Birrell

24.10.1928 - 20.09.2019

B. Arch. Melb, LFRAIA., FRTPI (Lon), LFPIA, FRSH.

Loving husband to Franki and father to Norman (deceased), Anna, Jack, Bridget, James and Andrew. Loved by his grandchildren, siblings and all his family as well as friends, colleagues and the community.

We invite you to commemorate Jim's extraordinary life and achievements while overlooking the yachts at Pier 33, the site of the former Mooloolaba Yacht Club where he played an active role and had a lot of fun.

Family, friends, colleagues, and any who knew and loved Jim please join us:

Where? Pier 33, 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557

When? Jim's 91st Birthday, 24th October 2019, From 12pm to 5pm

What? An afternoon to respect, commemorate and share in the memories of this extraordinary man

"I want six crapshooters to be my pallbearers
Three pretty women to sing a song
Stick a jazz band on my hearse wagon
Raise hell as I stroll along"
- excerpt from St James Infirmary Blues, Cab Calloway

Jim was born in Victoria and attended Essendon High School. After graduation from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1951, he worked briefly in Melbourne. In 1952 Jim co-founded the magazine Architecture and Arts with a number of his contemporaries. Working for the Commonwealth Works Department, Jim was transferred to Canberra, before going on to Darwin and finally Brisbane where he was appointed Brisbane City Council Architect in 1955. In 1961 he became Staff Architect at the University of Queensland and published Walter Burley Griffen (1964 UQP). He moved into private practice in 1966 where he worked on large scale projects in Queensland and Papua New Guinea and on Transmigrasi in Indonesia. He was elected as a councillor for the Shire of Maroochy in Queensland in March 1985. In 2014 he published A Life In Architecture: Beyond The Ugliness (UQP).

Some of Jim's celebrated Buildings

As Brisbane City Council Architect:

Centenary Pool (1959)

Wickham Terrace Car Park (1959)

Toowong Library (1961)

As University of Queensland Staff Architect:

Union College Building (1964-72)

J.D. Story Administration Building (1965)

Hartley-Teakle Building, formerly the Agriculture and Entomology Building (1966)

In private practice:

The campus plan at James Cook University in Townsville including Eddie Koiki Mabo Library formerly the Townsville Campus Library (Stage I: 1968, Stage II completed: 1976)

Papua New Guinea Banking Corporation (PNGBC) now Bank South Pacific, headquarters - Port Moresby

Papua New Guinea Agriculture Bank - Port Moresby


RAIA Gold Medalist (2005)

Union College, University of Queensland, RAIA High Commendation (1966)

JD Story Administration Building, University of Queensland, RAIA Commendation

Agriculture and Entomology Building (Hartley Teakle Building), University of Queensland, RAIA Citation (1970).

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Mooloolaba, QLD 4557


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