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Biographical entry Fowler, Thomas Walker (1859 - 1928)

Born
23 November 1859
Blaris Lodge, Down, Ireland
Died
23 November 1928
Kew, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Civil engineer

Summary

Thomas Walker Fowler initially worked as an engineer for the surveyor's branch of the Victorian and New South Wales railways. In 1882 he was appointed engineer to the Shire of Huntley (Victoria) and oversaw the water-supply schemes and their associated conservation schemes for the areas of Broken River, Shepparton, Yarrawonga and Gisborne. Fowler spent the next twenty-seven years combining a private consulting practice with lecturing and demonstrating for the Engineering Department of the University of Melbourne. In 1913 he moved to Tasmania to head the Public Works Department. Thomas Fowler was a member of many professional bodies and committees including the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Secretary then President) and the Victorian Institute of Surveyors and was widely published.

Details

Events

1876
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Melbourne)
1879
Education - Certificate in Civil Engineering (CS) completed at the University of Melbourne
1880 - 1881
Career position - Engineer at the Victorian Railways
1881
Career position - Engineer at the New South Wales Government Railways
1882 - 1885
Career position - Engineer at Huntley Shire, Victoria
1885
Education - Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) completed at the University of Melbourne
1885 - 1891
Career position - Private practice as a Consulting Engineer in Melbourne
1891 - 1903
Career position - Lecturer in Surveying at the University of Melbourne
1892
Career position - President of the Victorian Institue of Surveyors
1896 - 1904
Career position - Demonstrator in Engineering at the University of Melbourne
1905 - 1909
Career position - Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Melbourne
1908 - 1913
Career position - Chairman of the Municipal Surveyor's Board of Victoria
1909
Career position - Member of the special board of inquiry into Melbourne water supply
1909
Career position - Member of the Perth and Fremantle sewerage report for the Western Australian Government
1909 - 1912
Career position - Private practice as a Consulting Engineer in Melbourne
1912 - 1913
Career position - Engineer at the firm Fowler & Tuxen
1913 - 1918
Career position - Engineer-in-Chief and Head of the Public Works Department in Tasmania

Published resources

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Fowler, Thomas Walker, 'The navigation problem at the Murray mouth (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VIII, 1908, pp. 34-46, 48-52, 54-59, 81-85. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24389. Details
  • Fowler, Thomas Walker, 'Some notes on water mains (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. X, 1910, pp. 52-57, 65-72. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24443. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.