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Biographical entry Coad, Alan Rawle (1919 - ?)

10 August 1919
Chemical engineer and Salinity expert


Alan Coad was Irrigation Research Engineer, Victorian State Rivers and Water Supply Commission 1961-1968 and salinity consultant 1969-1987. He published in the field of saline land reclamation.


Alan Rawle Coad was born in England and educated at Trinity College Cambridge, graduating in the natural sciences in 1940. During the Second World War he served in the British and Indian Armies and was active service for four years in India and Burma. In 1950 he migrated to Australia and from 1953-57 was on the staff of the Chemical Engineering Department of the Royal Melbourne Technical College.

From 1961-69, Alan Coad worked for the Victorian State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, based in Pyramid Hill and Shepparton, before setting up his own ground water business which he ran until 1972. He then moved to the Research Department of the Sewerage Division of the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works until his retirement in 1982. His interest in salinity consumed his retirement years and led to the establishment of Australian Draining Land Improvement and Reclamation (ADLIR) Pty Ltd which ran small reclamation consultancies, mostly in north-central Victoria.

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Private hands (Coad, A.R.)

  • Alan Rawle Coad - Records, 1964 - 1987; Private hands (Coad, A.R.). Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Alan Rawle Coad - Records, MS 13682; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.