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Biographical entry Tisdall, Alfred Leyster (1912 - 1999)

CBE

Born
30 September 1912
Died
20 February 1999
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

Alfred Leyster Tisdall was a world renowned irrigation expert. His salinity control and other measures introduced to Victoria helped improve the water distribution efficiency from 45% (1950s) to 73% (1974). He was regularly consulted by overseas agencies including the United Nations and the Thai and the British Governments. Tisdall was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in honour of his contributions to water supply and irrigation around the world.

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Events

1933
Education - Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1933 - 1942
Career position - Scientist with the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Merbein, Victoria
1935
Career position - Foundation member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1937
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1942 - 1945
Career position - Flight lieutenant with the Royal Australian Air Force
c. 1945 - c. 1951
Career position - Joined CSIRO in Deniliquin, New South Wales
1951 - 1962
Career position - Chief Irrigation Officer of the Water Commission of Victoria
1956
Career position - President of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science, Victorian branch
1958
Career position - Commissioner and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Administration
1960
Career position - President of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1961 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science
1963 - c. 1965
Career position - Deputy Chairman of the Water Commission of Victoria
1965
Career position - Invited to the United kingdom by the British Government to discuss water supply matters
1965 - 1977
Career position - Chairman of the Water Commission of Victoria
1966
Career position - Invited guest speaker at the International Congress on irrigation and Drainage in Delhi, India
1968
Career position - Advised the United Nations on its water project, the Awash Valley Project, in Ethiopia
1975
Education - Doctor of Agricultural Science honoris causa (Hon DAgSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1978
Award - Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Published resources

Newspaper Articles

  • Sampson, William, 'Obituary: Alfred Leyster Tisdall. Water Commission Chief', The Age, 15 April 1999. Details

Online Resources

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