Reid, Stewart & Duguid

A partnership formed by Mr. James Reid, Mr. John Stewart & Mr. Alexander Duguid of West Melbourne.

The three-way partnership was instrumental in crafting a number of high quality buildings in Melbourne between the late 1850’s to the mid 1870’s, up until the partnership was dissolved.

Duguid, a Master Mason and native of Aberdeenshire Scotland, arrived in Melbourne onboard the vessel ‘Black Eagle‘ with his wife Helen and daughter Sarah Bell Duguid. Helen and Alexander had one other child George Alexander Duguid born in Melbourne in 1855.

Alexander Duguid, a son of George and Anne Duguid nee Phillips, was the third member of the Melbourne partnership and he lived with his family in Miller Street, West Melbourne until his death at the age of 58 years in 1882, the same year his wife Helen also died.

Helen Duguid was the daughter of John Walker and Sarah Bell of Scotland.

The trio who had their operations based on the corner of Abbotsford & Elm streets in North Melbourne until 1872, and had a very successful partnership during their lifetime in Melbourne. Alexander Duguid formed a partnership with his next door neighbour, James Taylor in the early 1870s and became known as Taylor & Duguid, builders.

Alexander and Helen’s daughter Sarah Bell Duguid married the her next-door sweetheart, Robert Taylor, son of James and Jane Taylor, in Melbourne in 1874.

The Merri Creek Bluestone Bridge and other significant building works carried out by Duguid and others are listed below.

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Building IDLocationArchitectsOwnerSuburbBuilding StateBuilding TypeBuilderBuild Date (YYYY MM DD)Registration no
85135Smith St near Birmingham Hotel Bain, AlexFitzroyVICHousesDuguid, Alex – Victoria St Nth Melbourne1856 09 8632
74801William Street near Cnr William & Lonsdale Sts Airey, RobertMelbourneVICFactoriesReid, Stewart & Duguid – 10 Miller St1868 09 232835
72152Rosslyn Street Watson,-West MelbourneVICHousesReid, Stewart & Duguid – 10 Miller St1869 03 123086
74802William Street Towns, R & CoMelbourneVICWarehousesReid, Stewart & Duguid – Melbourne1869 06 33275
77368Ireland Street MC. Grotty, –West MelbourneVICHousesTaylor & Duguid – 13 Milller St, West Melb.1870 11 264222
77001Latrobe Street west Cakebread – GMelbourneVICHousesTaylor & Duguid – 13 Miller St West Melb1871 02 234312
73741Bourke & Spring Sts – White Hart Hotel Leister, CharlesMelbourneVICHotels; alterationsTaylor & Duguid1871 03 184342
77369Ireland Street Taylor, ThosWest MelbourneVICHousesTaylor & Duguid, Melbourne1871 05 224412
71368Franklin Street – west of Spencer St McTonkin, JWest MelbourneVICHousesTaylor & Duguid1871 07 284487
76124Goldbourgh Place near (Flinders Lane?) Ferguson, JMelbourneVICWarehousesTaylor & Duguid – 12-13 Miller St West Melb.1871 10 314618
71536Queen & Flinders Streets Jackson, J & RDMelbourneVICWarehousesTaylor & Duguid – 12-13 Miller St West Melb1872 05 144820
76141Flinders Lane Smith & FergusonMelbourneVICWarehousesTaylor & Duguid – 11 Miller St West Melb.1874 11 176141
74510Collins & William Streets Mutual Provident SocietyMelbourneVICOffice BuildingsTaylor & Duguid1877 02 157081
76840Little Collins Street west – McCracken’s BreweryElliott, WMcCracken’s BreweryMelbourneVICalterationsTaylor & Duguid – 12 Miller St West Melb1879 03 217935
12998Elizabeth StHalligan, M BBain, Alex NSWHalls; Office BuildingsDuguid, Alex – Victoria St Nth Melbourne1890 11 22632
The Age – The Equatorial Telescope at Melbourne Observatory 1869
The Age
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Abbotsford Melbourne
The Argus
The Argus

Table source:

Main source: Public Records Office of Victoria, Trove, BDM Victoria and the Melbourne edition of the Sands & McDougall directoy.