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Name: MOFFAT, John Arthur Carter ARIBA

Nee: son of John Abraham Moffat

Birth Date: 18 Oct 1898 Johannesburg

Death Date: 1938 probably Bulawayo

First Date: 1930

Profession: Prospector, Kisumu; architect

Area: Box 1083, Nairobi, Kisumu

Married: In Cape Town 3 Feb 1920 Elsie Simpson Murison b. 1896

Children: Beryl Muir Moffat (1 Feb 1921 Johannesburg)

Book Reference: Red 31

General Information:

Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Nyanza Voters List
His father was an architect in Australia who went to S. Africa where he designed many buidings there and in Rhodesia. Was the son of John Abraham MOFFAT and nephew of WG MOFFAT but it is not yet known where he was born. In January 1915 he joined his father's office in Johannesburg and attended classes in architecture at the School of Mines and Technology. From 1916 he was employed as a junior draughtsman in the office of his uncle WG MOFFAT in Durban. He enlisted in the British Army during the First World War in June 1917 and served until September 1919, passing the special war examination and spending three months in 1922 at the Cape School of Architecture. References to him around 1923 say 'of Durban'. He became a member of the Association of Transvaal Architects in 1924 and in 1925 he entered into partnership with his father (cf MOFFAT, SON & KELL) and opened a branch office in Durban; the partnership continued until 1927. It seems that JAC Moffat left South Africa about this date and by 1930/31 was listed as an absentee member of the Institute of the South African Architects with an address in Nairobi, Kenya. He resigned from the Institute in 1932, and by 1938 was listed as practising in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), where he appears to have remained.
ARIBA 1923; MSA; ISAA 1927. (ARIBA nom papers (1923) 3723; Braby's Natal dir 1925-27; Building Mar 1924:25; ISAA mem list; ISAA Ybk 1930/31; SAAR Apr 1941:157-59 obit JA Moffat; SAB Mar 1923:36; SAB Apr 1924:25)

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