Peter Wille (1931–71) had an unflagging passion for architecture. Emigrating from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) with his wife during the 1950s, he settled in the newly developed suburb of Mount Waverley, in Melbourne’s south-east.
Wille was employed by the firm Smith, Tracey, Lyon & Brock as an architectural draftsman, and he also contributed to the architectural journal Building ideas. In his spare time, he photographed buildings across Melbourne, particularly in pockets of the south-east, compiling a vast archive of more than 6000 meticulously annotated color slides.
In 1955, Wille began corresponding with architect Robin Boyd. Over the next 15 years, they developed a friendship centered on sharing and critiquing ideas. On 16 November 1971, Wille was killed in a tragic road accident while out photographing a building. His death came only one month after that of Robin Boyd.
Peter Wille’s carefully compiled archive is not only a significant record of a critical period in Australian architecture, it also illustrates one person’s love of the buildings, environment and ideas that surrounded him.
These amazing photos from Monash Public Library Service were taken by Peter Wille that show architecture and construction of Melbourne in the 1960s.
View from north of Deakin Hall, Monash University, Clayton, 1962
House on corner of Bruce Street and Wiaktun Crescent, Mount Waverley, Chancellor & Patrick, 1962
34 Waimarie Drive, Mount Waverley, designed by Geoffrey Woodfall, 1963-64
A.N.Z. Bank, Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill, 1963