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Biographical entry Bassett, Walter Eric (1892 - 1978)

MC KBE

Born
19 December 1892
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
Died
8 March 1978
Toorak, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Engineer and Mechanical engineer

Summary

Sir Walter Bassett's highly regarded consulting engineering practice W.E. Bassett and Partners, specialised in air-conditioning and hospital design, and carried out many major large-scale engineering commissions during the 20th century. The company serviced many suburban and country hospitals as well as carrying out commissions for many major state and private organisations including the Ford Motor Co., MacRobertson's Pty Ltd, Australian Paper Manufacturers Ltd and Melbourne and Williamstown town halls. When Bassett retired in 1971 W.E. Bassett and Partners employed 250 staff, having grown from a staff of just two at its founding in 1928.

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For several years he was senior lecturer in mechanical engineering and aerodynamics at Melbourne University.

Events

September 1915 - April 1917
Career position - Engineer in the 5th Field Company, Australian Imperial Force
1916
Award - Military Cross (MC) Imperial
1916
Education - Bachelor of Engineering, University of Melbourne
April 1917 - January 1918
Career position - Lieutenant in the Australian Flying Corps
1919 - 1957
Career position - Member of the University of Melbourne Engineering Faculty Staff
1927
Education - Masters of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
1928
Career event - Established consulting engineering practice, W. E. Bassett & Partners
1942 - 1943
Career position - President, Institution of Engineers, Australia
1948
Award - Kernot Memorial Medal, for distinguished engineering achievement in Australia. Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne
1958
Award - Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal - Career Achievement Award in Engineering. Institution of Engineers Australia
1958 - 1968
Career position - Chairman of Renison Ltd
1959
Award - The Order of the British Empire - Knights Commander (KBE) Civil, Imperial
1963
Career position - President of the Melbourne Club
1969 - 1974
Career position - President of the Mount Lyell Mining & Railway Co. Ltd
1973
Award - Made an honorary member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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Books

  • Tweddell, A. E., 1928-1978 : W.E. Bassett and Partners Pty. Ltd., consulting engineers (Melbourne: 1978), 70 pp. Details

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