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Biographical entry Whitmore, Raymond Leslie (1920 - 2008)


Luton, Bedfordshire, England
20 December 2008
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Academic, Engineering historian and Mining engineer


Ray Whitmore was Professor of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, University of Queensland, 1967-1985. He made notable contributions in a wide range of disciplines: in radar development; medical research into the properties of blood and the circulation system; mining and metallurgical engineering and he was a noted Queensland historian.

His contributions to professional and community organisations included important roles with Engineers Australia, Engineering Heritage Australia, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Australian Coal Preparation Society, Brisbane and Ipswich City Council Heritage Committees, the Queensland Museum, and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.


Through his strong interest in history, the history of engineering and engineering heritage, Ray became a driving force in forming Engineering Heritage committees, at Division, State and National level, of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. He was chair of the first committee in Queensland from 1976, and was the Chairman of the National Committee when it was formed in 1979, and remained a corresponding member until 1995.


Award - Honorary Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia - for conspicuous service to the profession, and for unequalled knowledge of engineering heritage in Australia
1992 - 1995
Career position - Member, Queensland Heritage Council
10 Jun 1994
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to mining and metallurgical engineering and to engineering history, heritage and industrial archaeology.
Award - John Monash medal for Engineering Heritage, Engineers Australia.

Published resources


Book Sections

  • Whitmore, Raymond L., 'Hornibrook, Sir Manuel Richard (1893-1970), master builder, industrialist and company director', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 14, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996, pp. 497-498. Also available at Details
  • Whitmore, Raymond L.; Richard, E., 'Nimmo, William Hogarth Robertson (1885-1970), Hydraulic Engineer', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 15, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000, pp. 482-483. Also available at Details

Conference Papers

  • Whitmore, R. L., 'The Nature of the Engineering Heritage', in Conference on The Protection of the Engineering Heritage, 1982, Brisbane, 9-12 May. Preprints of Papers, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 1982, pp. 1-3. Details
  • Whitmore, R. L., 'The First Sydney/Brisbane Steamship Service', in Second National Conference on Engineering Heritage ‘The Value of Engineering Heritage’: Preprints of Papers, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 1985, pp. 57-62. Also available at;dn=724617026007644;res=IELENG. Details
  • Whitmore, R. L., 'Heritage - the Engineer's Nightmare', in Third National Conference on Engineering Heritage 1986: Practices and Responsibilities of Engineering Heritage; Preprints of Papers, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 1986, pp. 1-4. Also available at;dn=679674299798527;res=IELENG. Details
  • Whitmore, R. L., 'Misinterpreting Engineering Heritage', in Fifth National Conference on Engineering Heritage 1990: Interpreting Engineering Heritage; Preprints of Papers, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Western Australian Division, Perth, W.A., 1990, pp. 25-28. Also available at;dn=622694673690951;res=IELENG. Details

Conference Proceedings

  • Whitmore, R. L. (ed.), The protection of the engineering heritage: Brisbane 9-12 May 1982: preprints of papers, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton (A.C.T.), 1982, 102 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Cole, Bruce, 'John Monash Medal 2005', Engineering Heritage Australia : newsletter of the National Committee on Engineering Heritage, the Institution of Engineers, Australia., vol. 18, July 2006, 2006, p. 8. Details
  • Whitmore, R. L., 'Rescuing our Engineering Heritage', Transactions of the Institution of Engineers Australia: General Engineering, vol. 4, 1980, pp. 16-19. Details
  • Whitmore, Ray, 'Old King Coal in Queensland: the Geographical Perspective', Queensland Geographical Perspective, vol. 6, 1991, pp. 35-46. Details
  • Whitmore, Raymond, 'Southeast Queensland Coal Mines', Queensland Government Mining Journal, 1985, pp. 502-505. Details

Online Resources