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Biographical entry Andrews, Roland Stuart (1897 - 1961)


21 September 1897
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
14 October 1961
Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia


Roland Andrews was Chairman and Managing Director, Gas and Fuel Corporation, 1951-1961, after 23 years as Chief Chemist, Metropolitan Gas Company, Melbourne. His evidence was instrumental to the Victorian State Government's decision in 1949 to establish a brown coal gasification plant at Morwell and thus end Victoria's dependence on New South Wales' coal for gas production.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1919 - 1921
Career position - Chemist at BHP Steel Works in Newcastle, New South Wales
1921 - 1925
Career position - Chemist, then Plant Engineer at the BHP Coke Oven Plant in Newcastle, New South Wales
1925 - 1927
Career position - Head Teacher of Chemistry at Sydney Technical College
1927 - 1950
Career position - Chief Chemist at the Metropolitan Gas Company in Melbourne
Award - Sir Frederick West International Prize received for research on tar
Award - H.G. Smith Memorial Medal received from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Sydney
Career position - Chief Technical Officer at the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria
1951 - 1961
Career position - Chairman and Managing Director of the Gas and Fuel Corporation
1957 -
Career position - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Proudley, Ray, 'Andrews, Roland Stuart (1897-1961), Industrial Chemist and Administrator', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 57-58. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Andrews, R. S., 'Where chemists and engineers meet (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1940-1941, 1941, pp. 64-78. Also available at Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.