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Biographical entry Hunt, Philip Charles Holmes (1874 - 1941)

19 July 1874
Aston, Warwickshire, England
6 May 1941
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Industrial chemist


Philip Hunt came to Australia in 1903 and worked as Assistant Engineer and later Engineer of the Metropolitan Gas Company, Melbourne. He was Chairman of the local Board of the Colonial Gas Association Ltd from 1914 and Managing Director from 1919. He was the most prominent person in the gas industry in Australia for many years.


Born Birmingham, England, 19 July 1874. Died 1941. Educated Worcestershire & Mason University (Later Birmingham University). Manager, Adderley Street Gasworks, Birmingham 1900-03, Assistant Engineer, Metropolitan Gas Company, Melbourne 1903-05, Acting Engineer 1906, Engineer 1907-13, Director, Crankless Engines Ltd, Johns & Waygood Ltd, Wallaroo Mt Lyell Fertilisers Ltd, South Australia, Commonwealth Fertilisers and Chemicals Ltd, Consulting Engineer to Australian Gas Light Company, Sydney, South Australian Gas Company, City of Newcastle Gas & Coke Company and other companies, chairman, Mr Lyell Mining & Railway Company Ltd, Chairman, Colonial Gas Association Ltd, deputy chairman, Metropolitan Gas Company. Founder and first President, Australian Gas Institution, Chairman, Gas Companies Association of Australia.

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The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Phillip Charles Holmes Hunt - Records, 1888 - 1923, 61/15; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Phillip Charles Holmes Hunt - Records, 97/145; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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