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Biographical entry Hudson, William (1896 - 1978)

KBE, FRS, FTSE

Born
27 April 1896
East Nelson, New Zealand
Died
12 September 1978
Red Hill, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Civil engineer

Summary

(Sir) William Hudson was Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority 1949-67 and set up many other dams. Hudson's other roles include Chairman of the Road Safety Council of New South Wales and President of the National Safety Council of Australia. He is commemorated by the Sir William Hudson Memorial Home for aged persons in Cooma.

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1920
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of London
1920 - 1922
Career position - Assistant Engineer in the Hydro-Electric Section of Armstrong Whitworth & Co in London
1922 - 1924
Career position - Assistant Engineer of railway construction in the New Zealand Public Works Department and on the Mangahao hydro-electric scheme
1924 - 1927
Career position - Engineer in charge of the construction of Arapuni Dam, New Zealand
1927
Career position - Engineer with the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board of Sydney
1928 - 1931
Career position - Assistant Research Engineer on the construction of Nepean Dam, New South Wales
1931 - 1937
Career position - Engineer in charge of construction of the Gallaway Hydro-Electrical Scheme in Scotland (working for Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners (London))
1937 - 1943
Career position - Research Engineer with the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board, working on the construction of the Woronora Dam in Sydney
1943 - 1948
Career position - Chief Construction Engineer with the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board
1948 - 1949
Career position - Engineer-in-Chief with the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board
1949 - 1967
Career position - Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority
1955
Award - Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
1957
Award - Australian Engineering Award received
1959
Award - Kernot Memorial Medal received
1964 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1966
Award - James Cook Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1975
Award - Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1975
Award - Australian Welding Institute Annual Award received
1975
Award - Order of the White Cross Annual Award for services to Australia received

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • William Hudson - Records, 1896 - 1970, TRC 121/5; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.