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Biographical entry Kenyon, Alfred Stephen (1867 - 1943)

7 December 1867
Homebush, Victoria, Australia
14 May 1943
Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Agricultural engineer and Ethnologist


Alfred Kenyon was a Victorian public servant from 1887. Positions he held included Engineer in Charge of Town Water Supplies, Engineer for Agriculture and Engineer in Charge of Water Supply, North-west Mallee. Kenyon was involved in opening up the northern and western Mallee and extending the districts irrigated from the Murray. From November 1932 to January 1935 Kenyon was Commissioner of the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission. He is noted for his pioneer studies in ethnology of Victorian Aborigines and pastoral history.

Archival resources

Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc

  • Alfred Stephen Kenyon - Records, 1907 - 1942; Royal Historical Society of Victoria Inc. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Alfred Stephen Kenyon - Records, 1905 - 1934, MS 12261; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • McNicoll, Ronald, 'Kenyon, Alfred Stephen (1867-1943), engineer, ethnologist and historian' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 9 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1983), pp. 572-573. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Alfred Stephen Kenyon, MIE Aust', Australian Journal of Science, 6 (1) (1943), 28-29. Details
  • Kenyon, A. S., 'Extracts From the Diary of Dr Neumayer, in His 'The Story of the Mallee'', Victorian Historical Magazine, 4 (1914), 64-70. Details


McCarthy, G.J.