Basic Biographical Details

Name: John Ralston
Born: 1878
Died: 1955
Bio Notes: John Ralston was born in 1878 in Dumbarton, the son of John Ralston, cabinetmaker and his wife Robina. He studied at the Royal Technical College in Glasgow and was articled to J M Crawford in Dumbarton. In 1901 he was still living with his parents and siblings in Dumbarton. He emigrated to South Africa, sailing from Liverpool on the 'Persic' on 15 January 1903. He disembarked in Cape Town and started work there, moving to Pretoria and Johannesburg within a few years. He worked for a period in the office of Baker Masey & Sloper. He commenced independent practice in 1906 after winning various competitions. After about 1911 he seems to have been based in Johannesburg. Little is known of his career between about 1911 and 1925. About 1917-18 he entered two competitions with J C Cook as Cook & Ralston and later worked in association with P R Cooke.

Ralston died in 1955.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this :
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 1Innalee, Alexander Street, Dumbartonshire, Dunbartonshire, ScotlandPrivate1901 * Parental home

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2John McLean (or Maclean) CrawfordBefore 1901 Apprentice 
Item 2 of 2Baker, Masey & Sloperc. 1903 Assistant 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this :
Item 1 of Website of artefacts, for the recording of South African buildings 

Archive References

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 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Census records onlineCensuses