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Biographical entry Hartley, Richard Gordon (1939 - 2016)

30 June 1939
United Kingdom
5 May 2016
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Civil engineer and Engineering historian


Richard Hartley was a civil engineer who worked as designer, hydrologist, environmental engineer and project manager for a variety of projects in Western Australia, especially railways. Having retired because of ill-health he became absorbed in Western Australia's mining history. His research included working on railways records in the State archives, conducting oral history interviews, and the preparation of submissions on the heritage of engineering sites throughout the State. Hartley's books on were on the engineering history of Western Australia's goldfields, and included a biographical encyclopaedia of Western Australian metallurgists and mining engineers and managers.



Education - BSc (Eng) (Hons), Glasgow University
1968 - 1984
Career position - Senior civil and structural engineer, Maunsell & Partners, Perth, Western Australia
Life event - Retired
Education - BA, Murdoch University
1992 - 2009
Career position - Member, Engineering Heritage Panel, Western Australian Branch, Engineers Australia
Career position - Founding Member, Australasian Mining History Association
Education - PhD, Murdoch University
Award - John Monash Medal, Engineering Heritage Australia
Award - Telford Premium Prize, Institution of Civil Engineers, United Kingdom

Published resources


  • Cumming, Denis A. and Hartley, Richard G., Westralian founders of twentieth century mining: career biographies of mining engineers, mine managers and metallurgists who worked in the Western Australian mining industry 1890-1920, Richard G. Hartley, Rossmoyne W.A., 2014, 190 pp. Details
  • Hartley, Richard G., River of steel: a history of Western Australian goldfields and agricultural water supply, 1903 - 2003, Access Press, Bassendean, W.A., 2007, 522 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Young, Don, 'Vale Richard Gordon Hartley, 30th June 1939 - 5th May 2016', Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine, vol. 2, no. 3, 2016, pp. 18-9. Details


  • Hartley, Richard G., 'A history of technological change in Kalgoorlie gold metallurgy between 1895 and 1915', PhD thesis, Murdoch University, 1998, 2 v. pp. Details

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