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Biographical entry Monash, John (1865 - 1931)

MInstCE

Born
27 June 1865
West Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
8 October 1931
Iona, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Engineer and Administrator

Summary

Sir John Monash was General Manager of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria 1920-1930. Earlier he was involved with the Reinforced Concrete Co. and had an exceptional military career during World War I as a corps commander.

Details

CB 1915; KCB 1918; GCMG (1919).

John Monash's military career was extensive, and the focus of many other biographies. In summary, he was a probationary lieutenant, North Melbourne Battery of the Metropolitan Brigade of the Garrison Artillery 1887-95, captain 1895-97, major with command of the North Melbourne Battery 1897-1908, lieutenant-colonel in charge of the Victorian section of the Australian Intelligence Corps (militia) 1908-13, colonel in command of the 13th Infantry Brigade 1913-14, chief censor 1914, commander, 4th Infantry Brigade, Australian Imperial Force 1914, brigadier general from July 1915, major general from July 1916, lieutenant-general and corps commander from June 1918, serving in Gallipoli, Egypt, England and France and receiving many military awards.

Events

1885 - 1888
Career position - Assistant Contractors Engineer, Prince's Bridge, Melbourne
1887 - 1888
Career position - Assistant Contractors Engineer, New Falls Railway Bridge, Melbourne
1888 - 1891
Career position - Contractors Engineer-in-Charge, Outer Circle Railway, Melbourne
1891
Award - The Argus engineering Scholarship, University of Melbourne
1891
Career position - Engineer, Elmore Urban Water Trust, Victoria
1891 - 1894
Career position - Engineer, Melbourne Harbour Trust
4 April 1891 - 4 Apr 1891
Education - Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE), University of Melbourne
1893
Education - Master of Civil Engineering (MCE), University of Melbourne
7 February 1893 - 7 Feb 1893
Career event - Associate Member (AssocMInstCE), Institution of Civil Engineers
1894 - 1901
Career position - Partnership with J.T. Noble Anderson, as civil, mining and mechanical engineers and patent agents. Acquired the patent rights in Victoria for Monier reinforced concrete construction.
1895
Education - Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), University of Melbourne
1895
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Melbourne
1901 - 1905
Career position - Monier Pipe Co. Pty Ltd of Victoria
1905 - 1920
Career position - Reinforced Concrete and Monier Pipe Construction Co. Ltd
18 Dec 1906
Career event - Member (MInstCE), Institution of Civil Engineers
c. 1907
Award - Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officers' Decoration (VD), for long and meritorious service as a part-time commissioned officer.
1912 - 1915
Career position - President, Victorian Institute of Engineers
October 1915 - Oct 1915
Award - Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB), for distinguished service in the Field.
January 1918 - Jan 1918
Award - Knight Commander of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KCB), for valuable services rendered in connection with Military Operations in the Field.
January 1919 - Jan 1919
Award - Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG), for services rendered in connection with military operations in France and Flanders.
1919
Career event - Foundation Associate Member (AMIEAust), Institution of Engineers Australia
1920
Career event - Member (MIEAust), Institution of Engineers Australia
1920 - 1921
Career position - General Manager, Morwell scheme, State Electricity Commission of Victoria.
22 Mar 1920
Award - Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D), University of Melbourne
1921
Education - Doctor of Engineering (DEng), University of Melbourne
January 1921 - 1931
Career position - Chairman and Commissioner, State Electricity Commission of Victoria
1923 - 1931
Career position - Vice-chancellor, University of Melbourne.
1924 - 1926
Career position - President, Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science
1929
Award - Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal - Career Achievement Award in Engineering, Institution of Engineers Australia
1930
Award - Kernot Memorial Medal, for distinguished engineering achievement in Australia.
November 1930 - Nov 1930
Award - Honorary Member, Victorian Institute of Engineers

Partner

  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble (1865 - 1949)

    Monash and Anderson, civil, mining and mechanical engineers and patent agents, and holding the patent rights for the Monier and Wayss reinforced concrete systems in Victoria.

    Date: 1897 - 1902

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • John Monash - Records, 1876 - 1934, MS 1884; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Reinforced Concrete and Monier Pipe Construction Co. Pty. Ltd - Records, 1880 - 1953, 64/12; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Callinan, Bernard, Sir John Monash, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 1981. Details
  • Serle, Geoffrey, John Monash: a Biography, Melbourne University Press in association with Monash University, Melbourne, 1982. Details

Book Sections

  • Serle, Geoffrey, 'Monash, Sir John (1865-1931), Soldier, Engineer and Administrator', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 543-549. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100533b.htm. Details

Conference Papers

Journal Articles

  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: John Monash', Uni News, vol. 12, no. 2, 2003, p. 4. Details
  • Monash, John, 'Notes on tests of reinforced concrete beams (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VI, 1906, pp. 29-42, 79-92. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24341. Details
  • Monash, John, 'Further tests of reinforced concrete beam (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VII, 1907, pp. 43-54, 55-66. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24369. Details
  • Monash, John, 'Notes on modern building construction (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VIII, 1908, pp. 113-121, 132-134. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24397. Details
  • Monash, John, 'Notes on modern building construction (Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IX, 1909, pp. 22-27. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24409. Details
  • Monash, John, 'Notes on some recent structures in reinforced concrete (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XIII, 1913, pp. 145-152. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24551. Details
  • Monash, John, 'The engineering profession in Australia (Presidential address)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XIV, 1914, pp. 11-30. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24559. Details
  • Peake, Owen, 'John Monash and his innovative bridge designs: eight Bendigo bridges establish the era of Monier reinforced concrete in Victoria', Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine, vol. 1, no. 5, 2014, pp. 11-3. Details
  • Peake, Owen, 'John Monash and his innovative bridge designs: eight Bendigo bridges establish the era of Monier reinforced concrete in Victoria', Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine, vol. 1, no. 5, 2014, pp. 11-3. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_m.html. Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne, Department of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003, 168 pp. Details
  • Holgate, Alan; Taplin, Geoff, 'Monash, Anderson, Transport and Communication 1894-1914', in Eleventh National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Federation Engineering a Nation; Proceedings, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 2001, pp. 153-156, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=520790953879855;res=IELENG. Details

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