Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect and builder, of Dublin, and Deloraine, Tasmania. Henry Joyce, who was born circa 1800, was the second son of GEORGE JOYCE GEORGE JOYCE . According to his obituary in the Launceston Times of 12 January 1880, he had 'up to the time of his father's death…devoted his time to the study of architecture, and distinguished himself so much, that…he held some very important offices'. According to the same source, he emigrated to Tasmania circa 1835, having recently married his second wife, Mary Anne, daughter of Captain Poole of Dublin. In Tasmania, he 'engaged in many different pursuits, in which he was sometimes successful, at other times the opposite' but 'frequently gave specimens of ability as a practical builder'. He also was active in Tasmanian politices, 'which seemed to be… second nature to him; for during his youth he was connected in many ways with the agitations carried on by O'Connell, Grattan, and others'. Described as 'possessed of many of the virtues and also a few of the failings of the Celtic race', he died at Deloraine on 8 January 1880, survived by his widow, five sons and two daughters.


All information in this entry is from the obituary of Joyce in theLauceston Examiner 12 Jan 1880, 3, sent to IAA by his great-great-graddaughter, Mrs Ann Hoffmann (née Joyce), Queensland, Australia..