1890 – 1907

Conrad Gargett’s history can be traced back to the beginning of private practice for founding father Henry Wallace Atkinson in 1890. This followed work for the Colonial Architects Office. Notably, Atkinson was the selected winner of the Brisbane Fire Brigade Station competition in 1890. On a similar path, co-founder of the original partnership, Charles McLay entered into private practice in 1890. McLay began practice under the praise of winning the Queensland Museum design competition, however this was never built.