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Biographical entry Broadhead, Charles Frederick (1882 - 1962)

18 May 1882
Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England
8 October 1962
Kew, Victoria, Australia
Chemical engineer and Business executive


Charles Broadhead, of the Metropolitan Gas Company in Melbourne, succeeded in constructing a complete gasification plant around the 1930s. Such plants attempted to maximise the yield of gas by combining the action of vertical retorts with that of water gas plants which extracted the last vestiges of gas from coke. He achieved an international reputation for his work on this process, and in 1937 was awarded the gold medal by the Institute of Gas Engineers in London for a paper on "The Consolidation of Gas", in which this process was described.


Educated University College, Nottingham.


1908 - 1912
Career position - Engineer and manager, Middleton (Lancashire) Corporation Gasworks
1912 - 1925
Career position - Chief engineer, Brisbane Gas Company
Career event - Foundation Associate Member (AMIEAust), Institution of Engineers Australia
1925 - 1941
Career position - Chief engineer, Metropolitan Gas Company, Melbourne.
1933 - 1934
Career event - President, The Australian Gas Institute
Award - Gold Medal, for paper 'The Consolidation of Gas', Institute of Gas Engineers (London)
Award - Kernot Memorial Medal, for distinguished engineering achievement in Australia. Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne
1941 -
Career position - Managing Director, Colonial Gas Association Ltd
Life event - Cremated, Memorialised, Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Victoria

Related Awards

  • Kernot Memorial Medal (1926 - )

    Awarded Kernot Memorial Medal 1939 "... for the complete gasification of coal, and the proven application in large plants erected at South Melbourne."

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See also

Rosanne Walker, Ken McInnes