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Biographical entry Coode, John (1816 - 1892)

11 November 1816
Bodmin, Cornwall, England
2 March 1892
Brighton, Sussex, England
Civil engineer


(Sir) John Coode was a British engineer who visited Australia on a number of occasions to make recommendations on developing ports from Fremantle round the southern and eastern coasts to the Gulf of Carpentaria. His first visit was to report to the Melbourne Harbor Trust. His proposed river improvement and the dock site locations were the basis on which the modern port of Melbourne has been developed.

Published resources


  • Cumming, D. A.; Moxham, G. C., They built South Australia : engineers, technicians, manufacturers, contractors and their work (Adelaide: D.A. Cumming and G.C Moxham, 1986), 241 pp. p.44. Details

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  • Bailey, M. R.; Chrimes, M. M.; Cox, R. C.; Cross-Rudkin, P. S. M.; Hurst, B. L.; McWilliam, R. C., Rennison, R. W.; Ruddock, E. C.; Sutherland, R. J. M.; Swailes, T. ed., Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 2: 1830-1890 (London, United Kingdom: Thomas Telford Publishing, 2008), 907 pp. pp.191-195. Details


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