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Biographical entry Courtis, Henry (1829 - 1883)

Born
8 August 1829
Lunnon, Wales
Died
29 August 1883
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Chemical engineer

Summary

Henry Courtis was a gas engineer who supplied Bath's Hotel in Ballarat with gas made from gumleaves in the late 1850s. He also designed and constructed gas plants in:
Victoria - Ballarat, Albury, Talbot, Prahran, Clunes, Wagga Wagga, Daylesford, South Melbourne, Horsham, Echuca, Creswick, Brighton, Footscray
Western Australia - Perth
Queensland - Ipswich
New Zealand - Timaru, Oamaru, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hokitika, Gisborne, Wellington and Napier
Courtis and his wife Sarah Anne Burall (1817-1882) spent much of their married life living in Victoria's Warnambool, Ballarat, and Castlemaine districts. Their two sons also worked in the gas industry and managed the New Zeland plants in Dunedin and Timaru respectively
Details and images supplied by John Courtis.

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Books

  • Bate, W. A., The Lucky City: the first generation at Ballarat, 1851-1901, melbourne university Press, Melbourne, 1978, 302 pp. Details
  • Proudley, Ray, Gas in Ballarat: an Illustrated History, Gas and Fuel Corporation, Melbourne, 1985, 43 pp. Details

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