Biographical entry Griffiths, John Alfred (1848 - 1933)
- 26 January 1848
Bethnal Green, England
- 30 March 1933
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Engineer and Patent officer
John Alfred Griffiths was cited in the 1911 Encyclopaedia Brittanica as a world authority on windmill design. His firm, Griffiths Bros and Co., built some of the earliest windmills in Toowoomba, Queensland, selling the first Southern Cross model in 1903. The Southern Cross brand name was later extended to well-boring machines and associated equipment.
Born London, England, 26 January 1848. Died Brisbane 30 March 1933. Educated Royal School of Mines 1865-68 (Associate R.S.M. 1873) and Owens College Manchester (Whitworth Scholar 1870). Civil engineering, Gregson, Brown & Son, Middleton, U.K., 1868-71; London & N.W. Railways 1872; Western Australian Railways 1873-74; Toowoomba Foundry, Queensland, 1874-76; Queensland Railways 1876-78; Western Australian Railways 1878-79; assistant lecturer in engineering, Owens College Manchester 1880; B.Sc., Owens College, 1882; Engineer, Waste Water Meter Co., Liverpool, U.K., 1881-85; cycle manufacturer, Coventry, U.K., 1885-87; Assistant Engineer Normanton-Croydon Railway, Queensland, 1887-91; Engineer, Charters Towers, Queensland, 1892-93; Electricity Department, Penrith, N.S.W., 1894-95; Hydraulic Survey, Queensland, 1895-1900; Examiner of patents, Queensland, 1900-04; Commonwealth Patent Office, 1904-?
- Gibbney, H. J., 'Griffiths, John Alfred (1848-1933)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 121-122. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090116b.htm. Details
- 'Griffiths, John Alfred', in Physics in Australia to 1945, R.W. Home, with the assistance of Paula J. Needham, Australian Science Archives Project, June 1995, http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/physics/P001675p.htm. Details
- 'Griffiths, John Alfred (1848-1933)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1469807. Details
- 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_g.html. Details
Created: 20 October 1993, Last modified: 4 July 2012
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