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Biographical entry Bradford, Leslie (1878 - 1943)

1 September 1878
Delhi, India
20 June 1943
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Leslie Bradford, a graduate of the South Australian School of Mines, joined BHP Ltd in 1898. He was appointed Chief Metallurgist 1906, Manager of BHP Newcastle 1924 and then General Manager BHP 1935.


Born Delhi, India, 9 March 1878. Died Melbourne, 20 June 1943. Arrived Australia 1892. Educated South Australian School of Mines and Industries (associate diplomas in mining and metallurgy 1896). Moved to Broken Hill 1897; assayer, Broken hill Proprietary Co. Ltd , Port Pirie, 1899, metallurgist, Broken Hill 1900-1915, BHP, Newcastle steelworks 1915-20; established Bradford Kendall foundry, Sydney 1920 and remained an active director; production superintendent, BHP 1922-24; manager of the steelworks 1924-35; general manager 1935-38, chief executive officer 1938-43; set up Bradford Insulation 1940; a director of Australian Iron and Steel Ltd, Lysaght Brothers and Company Ltd, Bullivants' Australian Company Pty Ltd and Titan Nail & Wire Pty Ltd. Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy medal 1937. President, Australasian Institution of Mining and Metallurgy 1926.

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Broken Hill Proprietary Co Ltd

  • Leslie Bradford - Records, 1913 - 1935; Broken Hill Proprietary Co Ltd. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.