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Biographical entry Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble (1865 - 1949)

MInstCE, MASCE, MIEAust

Born
14 February 1865
Dunmurry, Antrim, Northern Ireland
Died
18 October 1949
Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Civil engineer
Alternative Names
  • Anderson, J. T. Noble (Also known as)

Summary

J. T. Noble Anderson, Civil Engineer, with a career spanning more than 50 years, was a leader in the profession in Victoria. He practised innovative engineering during difficult times in the depressions of the 1890s and 1930s. In particular, he is known for his association with John Monash, and their role in pioneering reinforced concrete construction in Victoria.

Details

Born in 1865 in Ireland, he graduated in engineering and arts. Following short engineering engagements in Ireland and England, he came to Victoria in 1889, working on the Laanecoorie Weir, and other Water Supply schemes for Victoria.

He took up a lectureship in mechanical engineering at the University of Melbourne, where he met John Monash. In 1894 they set up a consulting partnership designing and contracting engineering works. After a meeting with Frank Gummow of Sydney, in 1897 Anderson negotiated an agreement whereby Monash and Anderson became Victorian agents for Monier and Wayss reinforced concrete. They secured contracts and built several notable bridges using this new technology.

After the company failed financially in 1902, Anderson was appointed engineer to the Drainage Board in Dunedin, New Zealand from 1902 to 1906.

He returned to Victoria to became Shire Engineer and engineering consultant for several local government councils in various parts of Victoria, and again became very active with the Victorian Institute of Engineers, including leading discussions about main road developments in Victoria.

In the 1920s he was engineering consultant to Walter Burley Griffin, advising on the design of Canberra's water supply system and the Cotter Dam.

Between 1921 and 1939 he was appointed Engineer to the City of Richmond, where he was responsible for an extensive programme of main road and bridge works, including responsibility for maintaining most of the Yarra River bridges, their modification for tramway electrification and strengthening. He was also responsible for repair works following the 1934 Yarra River floods, and was associated with the innovative Grange Road Bridge, and the remodelling of the Richmond Town Hall using reinforced concrete, 1934-36.

Events

1886
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA), Queens College, Royal University of Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1886 - 1888
Career position - Stoneyford Waterworks, Belfast, Northern Ireland, under Luke Livingston Macassey MInstCE
September 1888 - March 1889
Career position - Contractors Engineer, Main Drainage Works, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1889
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1889
Career position - Constructed Filter beds, Portrush, Northern Ireland
March 1889 - June 1889
Career position - Contractors Engineer, Thirlmere Scheme, Manchester Waterworks, England
September 1889 - March 1890
Career position - Contractors Engineer, Laanecoorie Weir, Victoria, under Stuart Murray MInstCE
1890
Career event - Member (MVIE), Victorian Institute of Engineers
March 1890 - 1890
Career position - Assistant Engineer, Water Supply Department, Victoria, under Stuart Murray MInstCE
2 December 1890
Career event - Associate Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
1891 - 1892
Career position - Engineer to Torrumbarry Irrigation Trust, Victoria
1891 - 1892
Career position - Consulting Engineer to Warrnambool Water Trust, Victoria
1891 - 1895
Career position - Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
1891 - 1900
Career position - Engineer to Elmore Waterworks Trust, Victoria
4 April 1891
Award - Bachelor of Arts (BA), Ad eundem, University of Melbourne
8 May 1891
Career event - Granted Certificate as Engineer of Water Supply (Without Examination), Water Act 1890 VIC
3 August 1892
Career event - Granted Certificate of Qualification as Engineer and Surveyor (CE), Local Government Act 1890 VIC
1894 - 1896
Career position - Engineer to Strezlecki and Coal Creek Colliery Works, Victoria
1894 - 1900
Career position - Engineer to Healesville Water Trust, Victoria
1894 - 1902
Career position - Agents for Monier and Wayss systems of Reinforced Concrete in Victoria, in partnership with John Monash MInstCE
1894 - 1902
Career position - Expert witness, Fairfield Railway Accident Enquiry
1895 - 1900
Career position - Engineer to Shire of Healesville, Victoria
1896 - 1899
Career position - Consulting Engineer to Mildura Irrigation Trust, Victoria
1898 -
Career position - Engineer representing Victorian government at Mildura, Victoria
1898 - 1900
Career position - Consulting Engineer to Hamilton Water Trust, Victoria
1899 - 1900
Career position - Engineer-in-chief, reconstruction of Ballarat Woollen Mills, Victoria
1901 - 1902
Career event - President, Victorian Institute of Engineers
1902
Career position - Consulting Engineer, Waipori Syndicate Water power scheme, New Zealand
1902
Career position - Consulting Engineer, Dunedin Water power Schemes, New Zealand
1902 - 1906
Career position - Engineer-in-chief, Dunedin Drainage and Sewerage Works, New Zealand
9 January 1906
Career event - Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
1916
Career event - Councillor, Victorian Institute of Engineers
1916 - 1919
Career position - Shire Engineer, Shire of Healesville, Victoria
1919
Career event - President, Victorian Institute of Engineers
c. 1920 - 1946
Career position - Engineer, Kilmore Waterworks Trust, Victoria
1921 - 1939
Career position - City Engineer, City of Richmond, Victoria
1926
Career event - Member (MIEAust), Institution of Engineers Australia
1930 - 1935
Career event - Councillor, Victorian Institute of Engineers
1935
Award - Honorary Life Member, Victorian Institute of Engineers

Partner

  • Monash, John (1865 - 1931)

    Monash and Anderson, civil, mining and mechanical engineers and patent agents, and holding the patent rights for the Monier and Wayss reinforced concrete systems in Victoria.

    Date: 1897 - 1902

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Published resources

Conference Papers

Journal Articles

  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Notes on the adulteration of Portland cement (Paper & Discussion)', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24266. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Some records of a trial of a compound steam engine at the Ballarat woollen and worsted company's mills (Paper & Discussion)', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24264. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Some irrigation problems at Mildura (Paper & Discussion)', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24260. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Ordinary cement concrete construction (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. III, 1903, pp. 113-132. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24287. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Presidential address 1902 (vol. III)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. III, 1903, pp. 104-112. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24286. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Engineering factors in the future growth of Australia (Presidential address, 1903)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IV, 1905, pp. 101-108. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24298. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Dunedin drainage and sewerage (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VI, 1906, pp. 130-155, 157-160. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24350. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Notes on current engineering progress (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VIII, 1908, pp. 134-142. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24400. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'The economising of water in irrigation work (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IX, 1909, pp. 45-61, 94-104, 107-114. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24412. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'The main road problem (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XI, 1911, pp. 83-94, 106-122, 132-141, 149-150, 167-170. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24492. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'The main road problem (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XII, 1912, pp. 100-114, 118-122, 141-143, 171-174, 221-225. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24520. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Water storage (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XIII, 1913, pp. 48-65, 67-74, 111-123. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24541. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Road construction to stand modern Traffic (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XVI, 1917, pp. 99-112, 194-196, 199-201, 272-274. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24593. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Art and engineering (Abstract of lecture & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1923-1924, 1924, pp. 190-196. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24637. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Road work in reinforced concrete (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1923-1924, 1924, pp. 14-28. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24611. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'The status of the engineer (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1927-1928, 1928, pp. 34-39. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24684. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'The economical road surface (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1929-1930, 1931. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24728. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Water purification: past and present methods (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1931-1932, 1933, pp. 32-42, 60-63. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24756. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Sewage disposal (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1931-1932, 1933, pp. 45-58, 60-63. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24758. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'The co-ordination of practice and theory in civil engineering (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1933-1934, 1935, pp. 55-62, 66-70. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24771. Details
  • Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Prevention and mitigation of flood damage (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1935-1936, 1937, pp. 24-32. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24790. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Alsop, Peter F. B., Nineteenth century engineers in the colony of Victoria /​ compiled by Peter F.B. Alsop., Peter F B Alsop, Geelong North, 2002. Details
  • Swinburne, George; Whitehead, C. A. & Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, 'Note on mechanical filtration and gravitation filtration (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. III, 1903, pp. 69-103. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24285. Details

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