Biographical entry Butters, John Henry (1885 - 1969)
- 23 December 1885
Alverstoke, Hampshire, England
- 29 July 1969
Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia
Sir John Butters was an engineer with the Tasmanian Hydro- Electric Department from 1914-1924 and in 1925-1929 was Chief Commissioner of the Federal Capital Commission. He maintained a private consulting engineering practice until 1954.
MBE 1920, CMG 1923, knighted 1926. Educated Hartley University College, Southampton (University of London intermediate bachelor of science (engineering) degree and first-class certificate for electrical engineering from Hartley College 1904). Apprentice and improver, John I. Thornycroft & Co. Ltd, shipbuilders and engineers of Southampton1904-05, technical department, Siemens Brothers Dynamo Works Ltd 1905-08, assistant engineer, head office, London 1908-09, chief engineer, Australasian branch, Melbourne 1909-11, engineer-in-chief and manager, Hydro-Electric Power and Metallurgical Co. Ltd 1911-14, chief engineer and general manager, Hydro-Electric Department, Tasmania 1914-24, chairman, Federal Capital Commission 1924--29, consulting engineer, Sydney 1929-54, director of a large range of companies. President, Tasmanian Institution of Engineers 1918, chairman, Tasmanian division, Institution of Engineers, Australia 1920, president, Institution of Engineers, Australia 1927-28, president, Royal Automobile Club of Australia 1937-49. Commemorated by Butters Drive, Phillip, ACT.
- 19 Oct 1920
- Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- 2 Jun 1923
- Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
- 9 May 1926
- Award - Knighted, at Canberra, on the occasion of the inauguration of the new Capital, for services rendered as Chief Commissioner, Federal Capital Commission.
National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
- John Henry Butters - Records, 1921 - 1963, MS 4990; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
- Butters, J. H., 'The Great Lake Hydro-Electric Scheme of the Tasmanian Government', Electrical Association of Australia Proceedings, Victorian Section, vol. II, no. 1915-1916, pp. 77-107. Details
- Gilbert, H. deV., 'The Great Lake (Waddamana 'A') Power Development in Tasmania 1910-1965: Origins and Working History', in 9th National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Proceedings, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Melbourne, Vic., 1998, pp. 151-159, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=546877113641335;res=IELENG. Details
- 'Butters, John (1885-1969)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-527024. Details
- Institution of Engineers, Australia. Sydney Division. Engineering Heritage Committee, The Historic Engineering Plaques of Australia, The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Milsons Point, N.S.W., 1994, 38 pp. p.33. Waddamana 'A' Power Station, Waddamana, TAS. Details
- McFie, H. H., 'Great Lake, Tasmania and Waddamana Hydro-electric Power Development, First (1916) and Second (1923) Stages - an Engineering Heritage Perspective', in First Australasian Conference on Engineering Heritage 1994: Old Ways in a New Land; Preprints of Papers, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 1994, pp. 61-69, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=625396454523390;res=IELENG. Details
- Sinclair, Bruce, 'Some National Presidents of IEAust', in Eleventh National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Federation Engineering a Nation; Proceedings, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 2001, p. 259, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=521182246276277;res=IELENG. Details
Created: 20 October 1993, Last modified: 21 August 2018
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