Excerpt from Alberta, Past and Present, Vol. 3: Historical and Biographical
John Martland, city architect of Edmonton, is a native of England, his birth having occurred about seventeen miles from the city of Liverpool, on the 27th of March, 1878. There he was reared on a farm and pursued his education in an English church school and in the Ormskirk grammar school. When eighteen years of age he took up the study of archi tecture, to which he devoted three years, attending night school and also a school of technology at Manchester, England. Thus he thoroughly quali fied for his chosen profession, his training being comprehensive and exact. He afterward established himself in business and in 1910, facing westward, he made his. Way direct to Edmonton, since which time he has been closely associated with the improvement and development of the city. After a time he entered the city building inspector's office, where he remained for three years. He was later made assistant in the city architect's office and in 1913 left city work in order to engage in the private practice of his profession. He formed a partnership with David Hardie and as architects they were building up a substantial business when Canada entered the World war. Soon afterward Mr. Martland again entered the city govern ment service in connection with the health department and later he was made draftsman in the telephone department. On the 20th of October, 1919, he was appointed city architect and has continued to fill this posi tion with credit to himself and satisfaction to the general public.
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