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Biographical entry Stewart, Alexander Anderson (1874 - 1956)

31 May 1874
Aberdeen, Scotland
6 May 1956
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Engineer and Company director


Sir Alexander Stewart was a consulting engineer with Fyvie & Stewart (later Alex. Stewart & Co) from 1906-1932. Formed Commonwealth Oxygen Co. in 1911; this merged with a Grimwade family company in 1935 to form Commonwealth Industrial Gases Ltd, of which Stewart was first chairman.


Born 31 May 1874. Died 6 May 1956. Kt cr 1937. Chief engineer's certificate, Aberdeen White Star Line 1897. Worked for the Line until 1904, chief engineer, Michaelis Hallenstein, Footscray 1904-06, Fyvie & Stewart consulting engineers (later became Alex. Stewart & Co.) 1906-32, formed the Commonwealth Oxygen Co. in 1911, which merged in 1935 with a Grimwade family company to form Commonwealth Industrial Gases Ltd, of which Stewart was first chairman. Board member of Cuming Smith & Co. Ltd from 1911. Other companies he was involved with include Commonwealth Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd, Australian Fertilizers Ltd, Industrial Chemicals and Imperial Chemical industry of Australia & New Zealand Ltd. At the time of his death he was chairman of six major Australian companies, including Broken Hill South Ltd and the Trustees Executors & Agency Co., and a director of 15 others. Honorary consulting engineer, Alfred Hospital from1911, president of the board 1935-39, 1942-46.

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  • Lack, John, 'Stewart, Sir Alexander Anderson, (1874-1956), Engineer and Company Director', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 83-84. Also available at Details

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