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Biographical entry Lewis, Essington (1881 - 1961)

CH, FAA

Born
13 January 1881
Burra, South Australia, Australia
Died
2 October 1961
Tallarook, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Metallurgist and Company director

Summary

Essington Lewis joined Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited in 1904 and remained with the company until his death, becoming General Manager in 1921, Managing Director in 1926, Chief General Manager in 1938 and Chairman in 1950.

Details

Events

c. 1901 - c. 1903
Education - Educated South Australian School of Mines
1904
Career position - Foreman at Broken Hill Sulphuric Acid and Zinc Plant
1915 - 1918
Career position - Metallurgist and Assistant Manager at Broken Hill Pty. Co. Smelting Works in Port Pirie, then Manager of Iron Knob Tramway and Ironstone Quarries then Manager of Broken Hill Munitions Co.
1918 - 1920
Career position - Assistant General Manager of BHP Co.
1921 - 1925
Career position - General Manager of BHP
1926 - 1937
Career position - Managing Director of BHP
1938 - 1950
Career position - Chief General Manager at BHP
1940
Award - Bronze Medal received from the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
1940 - 1945
Career position - Director General of Munitions
1942 - 1945
Career position - Director General of Aircraft Production and Chairman of the Aircraft Advisory Committee
1943
Award - Kernot Medal received from the University of Melbourne
1943
Award - Companion of Honour (CH)
1944
Award - Bessemer Gold Medal received from the Iron and Steel Institute London
1948
Award - Florence M. Taylor Medal received from the Australian Institute of Metallurgists
1950 - 1961
Career position - Chairman of BHP
1954 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)

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Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Essington Lewis - Records, 1924, 92/47; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Essington Lewis - Records, 1896 - 1899, 92/87; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Essington Lewis - Records, 1980, 93/130; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Essington Lewis - Records, 1883 - 1956, 72/17; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Essington Lewis - Records, 1932 - 1973, 72/40; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Essington Lewis - Records, 1923 - 1954, 72/38; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Essington Lewis - Records, 1933 - 1949, 78/104; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Blainey, Geoffrey, The steel master: a life of Essington Lewis, Macmillan of Australia, South Melbourne, 1971, 217 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Baker, Anne Pimlott, 'Essington Lewis, 1881-1961', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details
  • Blainey, Geoffrey; G. Smith, Ann, 'Lewis, Essington (1881-1961)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 87-92. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A100084b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Rudd, E. A., 'Essington Lewis, Whyalla and the Middleback Ranges [The Essington Lewis Memorial Lecture (14th, 1989, Adelaide)]', AUSIMM Bulletin and Proceedings, vol. 294, no. 7, 1989, pp. 25-30. Details

Online Resources

See also

Rosanne Walker