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Biographical entry Brady, Joseph (1828 - 1908)


18 August 1828
near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland
8 July 1908
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Civil engineer


Joseph Brady was an engineer on railway and water projects in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. One of his most important projects was the development of the Port of Melbourne 1877-1891.


Title Commutation Survey, England 1842-44; assistant engineer on railway surveys in Kent and Lincolnshire and on the construction of the Skipton, Sedbergh and Lancaster railway 1844-50; draftsman, Sydney Railway Co. 1850; surveys and drawings for the Yan Yean water scheme for Melbourne 1851; assistant engineer, Sydney Railway Co. 1851-57, acting as chief engineer for a time; engineer to the Sandhurst (Bendigo) waterworks, engineer for the Melbourne to Sandhurst railway, survey and design of the Coliban River water supply to the Bendigo and Mount Alexander goldfields 1858-63; navigational improvements, Brisbane and Bremer Rivers between Brisbane and Ipswich 1864; engineer of harbours and rivers, Queensland 1865-67; managed the Brisbane-Dalby railway construction 1867-69; in charge of building the first section of the north-eastern railway line from Melbourne to Seymour 1869-71; engineer, Bendigo waterworks 1871-73; engineer for the Bendigo district of the Goulburn River Water Supply 1873-77; engineer, Melbourne Harbour Trust 1877-91, developing the Port of Melbourne; consultant 1891-94.


7 December 1875 -
Career event - Associate Member (AssocMInstCE), Institution of Civil Engineers, London
3 December 1878 -
Career event - Member (MInstCE), Institution of Civil Engineers, London
1883 -
Career event - Foundation Member, Victorian Engineers Association

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Archival resources

John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland

  • Joseph Brady - Records, 1864, OM67-23; John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland. Details

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Edited Books

  • Bailey, M. R.; Chrimes, M. M.; Cox, R. C.; Cross-Rudkin, P. S. M.; Hurst, B. L.; McWilliam, R. C., Rennison, R. W.; Ruddock, E. C.; Sutherland, R. J. M.; Swailes, T. ed., Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2: 1830-1890 (London, United Kingdom: Thomas Telford Publishing, 2008), 907 pp. pp.109-113. Details
  • Whitmore, R. L. ed., Eminent Queensland Engineers [volume 1] (Brisbane, Queensland: The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Queensland Division, 1984), 75 pp. pp.14-15. Details


See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Alsop, Peter F. B. ed., Nineteenth century engineers in the colony of Victoria (Geelong North: Peter F B Alsop, 2002). Details
  • Science and the making of Victoria, with Royal Society of Victoria, 2001, Details
  • Cumming, D. A., Some Public Works Engineers in Victoria in the Nineteenth Century (Melbourne: University of Melbourne, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 1985), 59 pp. Details
  • Engineers Australia, Wonders never cease: 100 Australian engineering achievements (Barton, Australian Capital Territory: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 2019), 236 pp. p.95. Details
  • Harper, Brian C. S., Engineering challenges in nineteenth century Victoria (Port Melbourne: the author, 2016), 256 pp. Book section: 'Coliban Water Scheme 1862'. Details
  • Milner, P., 'The Engineering of the Port of Melbourne', in Sixth National Conference on Engineering Heritage, 1992, Hobart 5-7 October 1992: Preprints of Papers (Hobart, Tasmania: Institution of Engineers, Australia, Tasmania Division, 1992), pp. 29-34..;dn=423862237394699;res=IELENG. Details
  • Whitmore, Ray, 'Water for Ipswich', in First Australasian Conference on Engineering Heritage 1994: Old Ways in a New Land; Preprints of Papers (Barton, Australian Capital Territory: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1994), pp. 71-75.,;dn=625415087494648;res=IELENG. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Ken McInnes