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Biographical entry Robertson, Allan Gordon (1916 - 2009)

OBE OAM

Born
25 May 1916
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died
18 September 2009
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Civil engineer

Summary

Allan Gordon 'Robbie' Robertson was Engineer-in-chief, Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, 1967-1976, responsible for water supply, sewers, rivers and streams, drainage and all support services. During his career he was responsible for the construction of the Upper Yarra Dam, the Cardinia, Sugarloaf, and Greenvale Reservoirs and the Upper Thompson Dam. He was also responsible for the construction of the South-Eastern Purification Plant at Carrum, and the associated bored-tunnel Kew to Carrum trunk sewer and ocean outfall. He was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for public service, and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for community service.

Details

Events

c. 1936
Education - Perth Technical College
1938
Education - Bachelor of Engineering (BE), 2nd-class honours in Structural Engineering, University of Western Australia
1946 - 1957
Career position - Resident/Project engineer, Yarra-Silvan Conduit and Upper Yarra Dam, Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works
1957 - 1960
Career position - Senior Projects Officer, Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works
1960 - 1966
Career position - Chief Construction Engineer, Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works
1967 - 1976
Career position - Engineer-in-chief, Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works
3 June 1978
Award - Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), for Public Service
14 June 1999
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community, particularly through the Patriotic Funds Council of Victoria.

Published resources

Newspaper Articles

  • Rae, Alan; Thompson, Murray, 'Dam fine infrastructure czar and community supporter', The Age (2009), 27. Details

Resources

Resource Sections

  • Rasmussen, Carolyn, 'From the Significant to the Indispensible: The Working Lives of Seventeen Figures in the History of the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian National University, 2019, http://adb.anu.edu.au/essay/20. Details

See also

Rosanne Walker, Ken McInnes