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ANTHONY HAYDEN  (1921-1984)

Biographical Overview

Born in Warsaw as Abraham Anthony Hershman, Hayden was the son of a cantor who had taken his family to Britain in 1930.  They settled in Manchester, where, in 1937, the teenage Abraham Hershman commended the five-year architecture course at the Manchester Municipal School of Art, receiving scholarships and prizes each year.  Completing his course in 1942, he was admitted as an associate of the RIBA the following year.  His professional development was interrupted by the Second World War, and he served for five years with the Royal Engineers, in England and the Middle East.  After his demobilisation, he changed his name and then worked for two years in the office of 'a leading firm of architects' in Manchester.  It also appears that he commenced his own practice, as a surviving letter from 1949 bears the letterhead of 'Anthony A Hayden, ARIBA, chartered architect' with offices at 39 Bishops Road, Prestwich, Lancashire.  

That same year, Hershman and his brother both migrated to Australia, where the former found employ in the Collins Street office of Arnold Bridge & Associates.  Hayden became registered with the Architects' Board of Victoria in 1950, with Bridge himself signing as his referee.  In 1956, after several years with the office, Hayden was elevated to partnership; the firm's name was changed to Bridge, Hayden & Associates, and it relocated to larger offices at 409 St Kilda Road.

During the firm's heyday of the 1950s and '60s, the office of Bridge, Hayden & Associates appears to have been mostly involved in medium-scaled retail, commercial and industrial projects in the metropolitan area. One regular client was the Dickin's New World grocery chain (later taken over by G J Coles), for whom the architects carried out several projects.  An interesting aspect of Hayden's role within the practice was his ability to obtain clients through Melbourne's thriving post-war Jewish community.  Consequently, his work is well represented in suburbs such as Kew, Caulfield and East St Kilda.  This ongoing association culminated in Hayden's designs for two new synagogues and one of his most unusual and eye-catching designs - a large monument in the Melbourne General Cemetery to commemorate Jewish victims of the Second World War.

Following Arnold Bridge's retirement in 1973, the firm continued under the name of Anthony A Hayden & Associates.  By the early 1980s, Hayden was living in semi-retirement on a cattle property in Wollert, near Whittlesea.  He died tragically, following a horse riding accident, on 25 March 1984.

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Bridge, Hayden & Associates








Showroom, Victoria Street, Abbotsford
Factory for Precision Mower Services Pty Ltd, 977 Mount Alexander Road, Essendon
Flats and offices, 50 Queens Road, Melbourne
Factory for Ravdell Tyre & Rubber Company, 449-453 Bridge Road, Richmond
Additions to factory for Slade Brothers Knitting Mills, 102 Dover Street, Richmond
Factory for Kenneth Wright Pty Ltd, 95-103 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Additions to factory, Lusher Road, Croydon
Synagogue for Caulfield Hebrew Congregation, 572 Inkerman Street, Caulfield
Supermarket for S E Dickins Pty Ltd, 1 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North
Supermarket for S E Dickins Pty Ltd, Bridge and Greville Streets, Ballarat
Motor showroom, St Kilda Road, St Kilda
Flats, Vincent Street, Surrey Hills
House, Cleve Court, Toorak
Synagogue for Kew Hebrew Congregation (Bet Nachman), 53 Walpole Street, Kew
Retail fitout for S E Dickins Pty Ltd, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Chadstone
Flats, Hornby Street, Prahran
Shops and offices (Carlisle House), 320-336 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East
Factory for Teena Lingerie, 5 Pitt Street, Brunswick
Residence, Helenslea Road, Caulfield North
Residence, Balwyn
Flats, Maple Grove, Toorak
Residence, Hawthorn
Flats, Riversdale Road, Hawthorn

Anthony A Hayden & Associates
Office building, Burke Road, Camberwell
Shops, 54-58 Wells Street, Frankston

Anthony Hayden in the 1950s
Anthony Hayden in the late 1950s

Block of flats and offices Queens Road 1957
Block of flats and offices, Queens Road, Melbourne (1957)

Caulfield Synagogue
Bet Din Synagogue, Inkerman Street, Caulfield (1959)
(photograph by Simon Reeves, Built Heritage Pty Ltd)

Kew Synagogue
Bet Nachman Synagogue, Walpole Street, Kew (1962)
(photograph by Simon Reeves, Built Heritage Pty Ltd)