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Tibbits, George Richard
Date of birth: 07/11/1933
Date of death: 06/07/2008
Biography: Born in Boulder, Western Australia, George Richard Tibbits was educated at state schools in W.A and Colac, Victoria, before studying at the University of Melbourne (B.Arch. Dip. TRP). After working in London, he lectured in architecture at the University from 1968 until 1995, becoming the Chairman of the Department of Architecture and Building. He was appointed as the Conservation Advisor to the University in 1991, a role he continued even after retirement. Tibbits was a keystone of the University and wider Australian architectural communities and he served as a foundation member of the Historic Buildings Council of Victoria (now Heritage Victoria). As a member of the Carlton Association, he was active in the campaign against the Victorian Housing Commission's scheme of "slum" clearance of Carlton in the late 1960s. Tibbits was a self-taught musician, composing over 40 works for orchestras, ensembles and soloists. In 1975, he was awarded the Albert H Maggs Award for Musical Composition for his Second String Quartet.
Activities/Occupation: Historians, Academics - Architecture
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