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Biographical entry Julius, George Alfred (1873 - 1946)


29 April 1873
Norwich, Norfolk, England
28 June 1946
Killara, New South Wales, Australia
Engineer and Inventor


Sir George Julius, a consulting engineer with the firm Julius, Poole & Gibson and the inventor of the racecourse totalizator, was the Chairman of CSIR 1926-1945. He was also a founder of the Institution of Engineers, Australia in 1919 and a council member 1919-1940.


Born Norwich, England, 29 April 1873. Died 28 June 1946. Kt Cr 1929. Educated Canterbury College, New Zealand (BSc (mechanical engineering) 1896). Assistant engineer, Western Australian railways 1896-1907, consulting engineer, Allen Taylor & Co. Ltd 1907-14, partnership with William Poole from 1914 and A.J. Gibson from 1922 until his death. First Chairman, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 1926-45. Chairman, Commonwealth Committee on Secondary Industries Testing and Research 1936-37. President, Engineering Association of New South Wales 1910-13, President, Electrical Association of Australia 1917-18, founder, Institution of Engineers, Australia 1919, president 1925, chairman, Standards Association 1926, president, Australian National Research Council 1932-37, president, Rotary Club of Sydney 1932. Peter Nicol Russell memorial medal, Institution of Engineers, Australia 1927, Kernot medal 1939. Portrait by Norman Carter held by CSIRO Melbourne.


Award - Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal - Career Achievement Award in Engineering, Institution of Engineers Australia
Award - Kernot Memorial Medal, for distinguished engineering achievement in Australia. Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • George Alfred Julius - Records, 1945 - 1964, MS 041; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies

  • George Alfred Julius - Records, 1925 - 1946, Series 34 and others; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Corporate Records and Archives Strategies. Details

The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program

  • George Alfred Julius - Records, 1907 - 1914; The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program. Details

Powerhouse Museum

  • Julius, George Alfred (1873-1946), 1917 - 1988, 94/222/23; Powerhouse Museum. Details

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Currie, George; Graham, John, The Origins of CSIRO: Science and the Commonwealth Government, 1901-1926 (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1966), 203 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: George Alfred Julius, Kt', Australian Journal of Science, 9 (1) (1946), 14-15. Details
  • Currie, George; Graham, John, 'G. A. Julius and Research for Secondary Industry', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, 2 (1) (1971), 10-28. Details
  • Doring, Margret, 'The Julius tote and its outstanding engineer', Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine, 1 (1) (2013), 20-2. Details


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McCarthy, G.J.