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Biographical entry Angwin, Hugh Thomas Moffitt (1888 - 1949)


8 October 1888
Angaston, South Australia, Australia
12 September 1949
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Engineer and Public servant


Engineer Hugh Thomas Moffit Angwin was engineer-in-chief of the Engineering and Water Supply Department of South Australia from 1935 to 1949.

During this time he designed and oversaw the construction of vital infrastructure including above-ground water pipelines, sewage treatment facilities, reservoirs, barrages, dams, irrigation drainage plans and floodwater schemes.



Education - Bachelor of Science, University of Adelaide
1911 - 1917
Career position - Draftsman at the Public Works Department
Career event - Travelled to England to work - Angas Engineering Scholarship
Education - Diploma of Electrical Engineering, the South Australian School of Mines and Industries
1917 - 1918
Career event - Soldier in the Australian Imperial Force
1919 - 1924
Career position - Assistant resident engineer on the River Murray Works, stationed at Blanchetown
1924 - 1930
Career position - Assistant constructing engineer on the River Murray Works, Adelaide
1930 - 1935
Career position - Chief engineer to the South Australian Harbors Board, Adelaide
1935 - 1944
Career position - Engineer-in-chief of the Engineering and Water Supply Department, Adelaide
1941 - 1946
Career position - Chairman of the Adelaide division of the Institution of Engineers
Award - Companion to the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1945 - 1949
Career position - Chairman of the Electricity Trust of South Australia
1946 - 1949
Career position - Deputy-commissioner of the River Murray Commission

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. pp.16-17. Details

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