R. W. Syme

b. 1905d. 1975

Also known as:

  • Raymond Walter Syme

"A partner in the firm of Taylor & Syme who designed the War Memorial Hall, the New Plymouth and Westown Post Offices, the gates to Pukekura Park and the offices of the Taranaki Automobile Association. [Raymond Walter Syme] was born in Hawera in the early 1900's and attended Hawera Primary and New Plymouth Boys High School. He graduated from the school of architecture at Auckland University in 1935 and in the same year was awarded a certificate of merit for small house design by the Institute of Architects.
He was a partner in the firm of Griffiths & Syme and when he returned from World War Two in 1944 he went into practice with the firm Taylor and Syme until 1957 when he went into practice on his own until his death in 1975.
A keen gardner and member of the Vogeltown Bowling Club and life member of the Taranaki Automobile Association. He leaves his wife Margery and two daughters, Pauline and Sandra."
Obit. Taranaki Herald 1 October 1975 (abridged) cited from profile on Puke Ariki website.