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Biographical entry Hartnett, Laurence John (1898 - 1986)

CBE, Kt cr

Born
26 May 1898
England
Died
4 April 1986
Occupation
Mechanical engineer and Business executive

Summary

(Sir) Laurence John Hartnett was Managing Director of General Motors-Holden's Ltd Australia 1934-47 and a director of the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd, Melbourne 1935-47. He was Director of Ordnance Production within the Munitions Department and presided over the first meeting of the Optical Munitions Panel. Hartnett was a guiding influence over the Panel's work. He was also involved with many external bodies including a stint as Chairman of Ferro Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd and John Hart Pty Ltd. Hartnett completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship with Vickers Ltd; Lt., before joining the Royal Navy Air Service and the Royal Air Force. After the war he joined General Motors and worked at many of their branches all over the world, before coming to Australia in 1934.

Details

Events

1917 - 1919
Career position - Served with the Royal Navy Air Service and the Royal Air Force
c. 1920 - c. 1933
Career position - Senior Executive of General Motors in India, Ceylon, Malaya, Singapore, Sweden, Finland, USA, UK
1934 - 1947
Career position - Managing Director of General Motors-Holden's Ltd Australia
1935 - 1947
Career position - Inaugural Director of Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd
1940 - 1945
Career position - Director of Ordnance Production within the Munitions Department
1942 - 1946
Career position - Chairman of the Army Inventions Directorate
1945 - 1971
Career position - Council member of the Science Museum of Victoria
1949 - 1986?
Career position - Chairman and Managing Director of Hartnett Holdings Pty Ltd
1974
Award - Public Service Star of Republic of Singapore received

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Laurence John Hartnett - Records, 1934 - 1986; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Rich, Joe, 'An Edwardian Childhood: Sir Laurence Hartnett and theSearch for Identity', Australian Historical Society, vol. 24, 1990, pp. 252-266. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.