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Biographical entry Bruce, John Leck (1850 - 1921)

16 October 1850
Glasgow, Scotland
29 November 1921
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sanitary engineer


John Bruce was the first lecturer in sanitary engineering at Sydney Technical College 1891-1920. He devised simple instruments for use by factory inspectors in determining whether air and lighting conformed to the requirements of the Factories Act.


Born Glasgow, Scotland, 16 October 1850. Died Sydney, 29 November 1921. Trained as an architect. Worked for Bruce & Sturrock; consulting engineer to the Glasgow Corporation; consulting engineer and architect, Sydney 1887; foreman of works, government architect's branch, Department of Public Works 1889-91; first lecturer in sanitary engineering, Sydney Technical College 1891-1920.Wrote "The Australian Sanitary Inspector's Textbook" (1901); Australian examiner for the London Sanitary Institute; Sydney editor of "Building and Engineering Journal of Australia and New Zealand" and assistant editor of "Australian Technical Journal"; president, sanitary department's examining board.

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McCarthy, G.J.