Biographical entry Williams, John (1896 - 1989)
- 5 March 1896
- February 1989
- Company director
(Sir) John Williams introduced mechanical grab buckets in the early 1930s which were adapted to work on a ship's derrick to discharge bulk cargo on the Melbourne wharf. He described this in his autobiography, So Ends This Day (1981).
Born 5 March 1896. Died February 1989. Kt 1967; CMG 1960; OBE. Educated Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Carmarthen. Master Mariner; Chief Salvage Officer and Executive Member, Commonwealth Marine Salvage Board 1941-46; Officer in charge of salvage operations of RMS Niagara on behalf of Bank of England 1942 (£2,396,000 worth of bullion was recovered from depth of 438 feet of water); Underwriting Member of Lloyds; Managing Director, The Fleet Forge Pty Ltd; Fleetways Transport Pty; United Gold Recoveries Pty Ltd; Chairman, Australian Coastal Shipping Commission (Australian National Line); Chairman, Penmore Pty Ltd; Chairman, City Ice and Cold Storage Pty Ltd; Chairman, United Salvage Pty Ltd.
- 'Williams, John (18960305-19890129)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1249969. 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_w.html. Details
- Hirschfeld, J. W. P. and Wall, G. E., 'Thomas Gerald Room 1902-1986', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 7, no. 1, 1987, pp. 109-122. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9870710109.htm. Details
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