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Biographical entry Rowntree, Edward Fearnley (1894 - 1966)

23 January 1894
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
30 June 1966
South Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Ted Rowntree was a civil engineer and hydrology engineer responsible for siting, and the design and construction of hydro-electric dams and power developments in Tasmania up to 1940. From 1947 he was appointed engineer for major investigations for the Commonwealth Department of Public Works and Housing, and took a lead role in the proposals for the Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme. Between 1949 and 1951 he was the chief investigating and design engineer for the Snowy Mountain Hydro-electric Authority, providing estimates of river flows and projected power outputs for the scheme.



2 November 1918
Award - Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), 3 Squadron - Australian Flying Corps
13 June 1964
Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), as CEO - Hobart Flood Protection Authority

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  • Engineers Australia, Wonders never cease: 100 Australian engineering achievements (Barton, Australian Capital Territory: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 2019), 236 pp. pp.36-37. Details

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