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Biographical entry Calder, William (1860 - 1928)

31 July 1860
Milton, Otago, New Zealand
18 February 1928
Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Civil engineer and Surveyor


William Calder, MInstCE, AMIEAust, MVIE, was the first Chairman of the Country Roads Board Victoria, from 1913 until his death in 1928. Under his guidance, the network of main roads of the State were surveyed, a major construction program was commenced, the "Highways and Vehicles Act, 1924" was passed enabling State highways to be declared and funded by the State, and the major highways were established. In 1929, the North-Western highway linking Melbourne to Bendigo and Mildura, was renamed the "Calder Highway" as a tribute to his memory.



Life event - Migrated to Victoria, Australia
1891 - 1897
Career position - Surveyor and Treasurer, Borough of Footscray
1898 - 1913
Career position - City Engineer and Surveyor, City of Prahran
2 December 1902
Career event - Associate Member (AssocMInstCE), Institution of Civil Engineers, London
1908 - 1912
Career event - Member (MVIE), Victorian Institute of Engineers
1913 - 1928
Career position - Chairman, Country Roads Board, Victoria
21 January 1913
Career event - Member (MInstCE), Institution of Civil Engineers, London
Career event - Foundation Associate Member (AMIEAust), Institution of Engineers Australia
c. 1920 - 1928
Career position - Member, Municipal Surveyors' Board
Life event - Buried, Cheltenham Cemetery, Victoria

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  • Alsop, Peter F. B. ed., Nineteenth century engineers in the colony of Victoria (Geelong North: Peter F B Alsop, 2002). Details

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