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Biographical entry Roebuck, William Norman (1930 - 2012)

30 March 1930
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 January 2012
Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Educator and Engineer


William Roebuck worked as an engineer in the aviation industry for first twenty years of his career before entering the public service as an inspector of technical schools at the Victorian Education Department. He was a member of the RAAF Reserve for 20 years (1965-1985), where he trained other members in aircraft safety standards. For this service he was awarded the National Medal in 1980. He worked tirelessly to create better opportunities to study engineering, at a higher standard.



1946 - c. 1957
Career position - Apprentice engineer with Qantas Airlines
1953 - 1957
Education - Bachelor and Master of Engineering, University of New South Wales
c. 1957 - c. 1971
Career position - Air-worthiness engineer at the Department of Civil Aviation, Melbourne
1965 - 1985
Life event - Member of the RAAF Reserve
1971 - 1984
Career position - Inspector of Technical Schools at the Victorian Education Department
Education - Masters in Education, Monash University
Award - The National Medal
c. 1984 - c. 1986
Career position - Special Projects Officer at the Education Ministry
Career event - Established EPM Consulting Group with engineer colleagues
Education - Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University
1989 - 1994
Career position - Member of the Executive Committee of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education
1991 - ?
Career position - Chief Education Services Officer to the electrical engineering education research group at Sydney University
Award - The Order of Australia Medal

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