Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer and architect.   Alfred Cowlishaw was born in Crick, Derbyshire, in 1861 or 1862, the third son of Henry Cowlishaw, of Crick, described in the English census of 1881 as a stone merchant employing forty men and three boys.  Alfred is described in the same census return as 'pupil in architecture'.   In the mid-1890s he spent some time in Galway, where both his sons were born, but by the end of the decade he had returned to England and in 1901 was working as an architect's assistant in Chorley, Lancashire.     In 1907 he won the competition for a new fever hospital in Galway, for which GEORGE COPPINGER ASHLIN  GEORGE COPPINGER ASHLIN had acted as assessor.(1)   It was probably this success which brought him back to Ireland where he remained until at least 1911.  By 1917 he had emigrated to Australia.(2)   His elder son, Irvine Mills Cowlishaw (1892-1937) became principal lighthouse engineer for the commonwealth of Australia.

Society of Architects: member by 1910.(3)

Address: Brentwood, Galway, 1908;(4)  Lenaboy, Galway, 1911;  Hawkesdale, Victoria, Australia, 1917.(5)

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Information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from the English censuses of 1871, 1881 and 1901 (he does not appear in the census for 1891) and from the Irish census of 1911.

(1) IB 49, 20 Apr 1907, 273; 50, 28 Nov 1908, 740,747.
(2) The Argus (Melbourne), 22 Oct 1917.
(3) A.C. Freeman, ed., The Architect's & Surveyor's Directory & Referendum (1910), 124E.
(4) Freeman's Journal, 12 Sep 1908.
(5) See note 2, above.

3 work entries listed in chronological order for COWLISHAW, ALFRED

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Date: 1907-08p
Nature: Cowlishaw's design selected in competition. Tenders invited for erecting same, Sep 1908.
Refs: IB 49, 20 Apr 1907, 273; 50, 19 Sep,28 Nov 1908, 579,587,740,747;  Irish Times, 12 Sep 1908;  Freeman's Journal, 12 Sep 1908.

Date: 1910
Nature: For Mr Ward. Contractor: Emerson.
Refs: IB 52, 11 Jun 1910, 381

Date: 1912
Nature: Countess of Aberdeen attends meeting of committee for proposed new 20-bed home for incipient cases of pulmonary tuberculosis and tubercular children in converted coastguard station, 5 Jan 1912. Discussion of plans by AC and of tender of Thomas McWilliams, Clifden (£500).
Refs: Irish Times, 5 Jan 1912.