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Biographical entry Andrews, William Charles (Bill) (1908 - 1988)


20 November 1908
Roslyn, Dunedin, New Zealand
17 April 1988
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Engineer, Surveying or Mapping and Town Planner


Bill Andrews was an engineer and surveyor employed by several New South Wales Shire Councils during the mid-twentieth century as a town planner and shire engineer. His work culminated in his appointment, by Sir John Overall, as assistant commissioner (1958-1972), then commissioner (1972-1974) to the national Capital Development Commission. In this role he was responsible for many large engineering jobs in Canberra including the construction of Lake Burley Griffin and its associated dam. In 1974 he was appointed OBE.



Education - Achieved surveyor's license, Sydney Technical College
1929 - 1934
Career position - Assistant-engineer to Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council, New South Wales
1934 - 1936
Career position - Assistant-engineer and general inspector at Tenterfield Shire Council
Career position - Shire Engineer with the Tenterfield Shire Council
Career event - Seconded to the New South Wales Department of Public Works to provide engineering advice for military projects
1943 - 1945
Career position - Engineer officer then flight lieutenant, Royal Australia Air Force
1946 - 1950
Career position - Senior planning officer with Cumberland County Council Regional Planning Authority
1950 - 1958
Career position - City engineer and town planner with Parramatta City Council
Award - First travelling scholarship awarded by the New South Wales Foundation for the Technical Advancement of Local Government Engineers
1958 - 1972
Career position - Associate commissioner for the national Capital Development Commission
Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
1972 - 1974
Career position - Commissioner for national Capital Development Commission
Award - Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Surveyors, Australia

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