ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0269 Canberra Panel of Engineering Heritage Australia Oral History Program

Scope and Content Notes

Call Number

HMSS 0269

Collection 

Engineering Heritage Canberra Oral History Program

Date Range

1915+

Quantity

1m (3 manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions

open

Copying conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

HMSS 0269 ... Kingston Powerhouse Project

HMSS 0269 ... Professional Career Series

HMSS 0269 ... Queanbeyan Age Project

HMSS 0269 ... Cotter Water Supply Project 

The Institution of Engineers Australia is actively engaged in documenting the history of engineering in the Australian Capital Territory.

Engineering Heritage Canberra, previously known as the Canberra Panel of Engineering Heritage Australia began recording oral histories of people associated with significant engineering projects in the Australian Capital Territory and with specific engineers about their careers in 1997.

The collections in comprised of two of major series of records, both of which are ongoing:
  1. Professional Career Series
  2. Special Projects Series

The Special Projects Series currently documents:

Recordings are on either audio cassette or compact disc. Documentation accompanying the recordings may include permission forms, biographical notes, interview logs and/or summaries.  Other material such as photographs of interviewees and supporting publications may also be included.

Box 1 - Professional Career Series 

INTERVIEWEE

DATE OF INTERVIEW

NUMBER OF TAPES

NUMBER OF CDS

FILE FORMAT

RUNNING TIME

ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTATION

DATES

Charles Bubb

17/10/2003;
24/10/2003;
31/10/2003

7

0

analogue

3:30 total (approx)

Permission form (special conditions apply);
Timed summary

-2003

Peter Carden02/11/2014; 10/11/2014; 17/11/2014; 23/11/2014; 14/12/2014011

.cda

4:52 total (approx)

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary (printable pdf - 2014 interview; Homopolar photographs and silent film (.avi); Copy of newscutting

1962-2015

Mervyn Cole

28/07/2008

0

3

.cda

3:00 total (approx)

Biographical notes;
Permission form (used with permission of interviewee only);
Interview summary;
Timed summary; copy of newscutting; curriculum vitae; photographic portrait taken on day of interview

1942-2008

Ken Gillespie

06/11/2011

0

6

.cda

5:00 total (approx)

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary (printable pdf - 2011 interview)

1952-2011

Reginald Goldfinch

23/11/2006

 

4

.cda

3:30 total

Biographical notes;
Curriculum Vitae;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary

1926-2006

Rolfe Hartley09/01/201501MP34:10 total

Curriculum Vitae;
Portrait;
Biographical notes;
Timed summary (printable pdf - 2015 interview)
Interview summary;
Interviewee's release form;
Interviewer's copyright agreement 

1951-2015

Bill Hickson

04/06/2009

 

3

.cda

3:08 total

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary

1924-2009

Graeme Kelleher

     NOT YET RECEIVED 

Byrne Kenny

12/01/2005

2

0

analogue

1:30 total(approx)

Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary

-2005

Tom Lawrence

     

NOT YET RECEIVED

 

John Lessels

     

NOT YET RECEIVED

 

Ross McIntyre

19/04/2004; 13/01/2005

6
2

0

analogue

5:40 total
1:30 total (approx)

Biographical notes; Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary (printable pdf - 2004 interview);
typescript autobiography

-2005

Lloyd Wrigley

10/02/2005

3

0

analogue

2:00 total (approx)

Permission form;
Interview summary;

Timed summary

-2005

Box 2 - Professional Career Series

INTERVIEWEE

DATE OF INTERVIEW

NUMBER OF TAPES

NUMBER OF CDS

FILE FORMAT

RUNNING TIME

ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTATION

DATES

Bob Nairn

20/07/2011

0

6

.cda

5:45 total (approx)

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary (printable pdf - 2011 interview)

1936-2011

Brian O’Keeffe

17/10/2004

5

 

analogue

 

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Timed Summary
(printable pdf - 2004 interview);
interview summary; publications - Tamara Johnson. ‘Father of FANS retires after 41 years’. Airspace August 1997 p6-7.

‘Life and pioneering times in civil aviation in Australia and the world’. The Order, Summer 2003-2004 p6-7.

Brian O’Keeffe. ‘An analysis of the performance of GPS for general aviation operations in Australia’. Monitor June-August 2003 p18-22.

O’Keeffe, Brian. ‘The resonant frequency of Hertz’s loop antenna’. Monitor December 2002-February 2003 p16-17.

Edwards, Paul. ‘What was the resonant length of Hertz’s loop antenna?’ Monitor June-August 2002 p14.

Gordon, John. ‘Canberra Radio Foundation Day 2001 celebrations’. Monitor March-May 2002 p14-16.

‘IEAust Notices’. Engineers Australia September 1998 p18.

O’Keeffe, H. B. ‘INTERSCAN – The Development and International Acceptance of a New Microwave Landing System for Civil Aviation’. Transactions of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. Electrical Engineering. Vol EE16, no 2, June 1980, p78-81.

1934-2004

George Redmond

21/1/2003

2

0

analogue

2:00 total (approx)

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary; transcriptions of interview Northern Territory Archives Services – Oral History Unit Transcripts from George Redmond’s Archives

Cyclone Tracy and Department of Works. Recorded September 1993 and June 1994 in Canberra by Dr F. H. (Slim) Bauer. From 4 tapes.
Tape: Series: NTRS 219; Item: TP934
Transcript: Series: NTRS 226; Item: TS734

Works, Housing and Construction 1962-1977. Recorded between 1988 and 1993 in Canberra by Dr F. H. (Slim) Bauer. From 13 tapes.
Tape: Series: NTRS 219; Item: TP965
Transcript: Series: NTRS 226; Item: TS764

-2003

Keith Rodda

     

NOT YET RECEIVED

 

Bruce Sinclair

     

NOT YET RECEIVED

 

Norman Sneath

08/04/2005

6

 

analogue

6:00 total (approx)

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary;

CD: Failures, Darwin. ACT Head Office.
Photocopies of photographs of load-bearing structures

Department of Housing and Construction: A to Z of Projects; Regional Office Organisation. No date

Mascot Tunnel, Sydney Airport – notes and correspondence. 1968-1998

The Black Mountain Problem; Progress report. No date

Letters of thanks and appreciation, from Norm Sneath’s archives donated to Engineering Heritage Australia as part of his oral history interview 2005. 1954-2002

Monash University documents re appointment of Norm Sneath in 1993, and his teaching schedule 1987-1993

Second Hobart Bridge, brochure; Norm Sneath was Deputy Chairman, Chief Structural Engineer. January 1978

Westgate Royal Commission Report: extracts and covering letter from Norm Sneath. 10 October 1971

1926-2005

James (Jim) Thompson

17/02/201501MP33:16 total

Curriculum Vitae;
Biographical notes;
Interviewee's release form;
Interviewer's copyright agreement;
Interview summary;
Timed summary (printable pdf - 2015 interview) 

1932-2015
Box 3 - Canberra Wastewater Treatment Plants Documents 1915-1979 

BOX NUMBER

ITEM

INCLUSIVE DATES

3

National Capital Development Commission. Belconnen Sewage Treatment Facilities. Scott and Furphy, 1966. Design drawings.

1966

3

Weston Creek Sewage Treatment Works, 1967. Bound with Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Works, ca 1967. History, description, specifications, design drawings.

1915 – 1967

3

Australia. Department of Works. Advanced Waste Water Treatment, 1973/1974. Paper presented at unspecified event.

1973/1974

3

Department of Housing and Construction. Sewerage Branch. Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre. Technical Brochure. Ca 1979.

1979

Box 3 - Kingston Powerhouse Project 

INTERVIEWEE

NUMBER OF CDS

FILE FORMAT

RUNNING TIME

ASSOCIATED DOCUMEN-TATION

DATE OF ASSOCIATION WITH POWERHOUSE

Mick Ozerskis

1

.cda

62:49

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1949

John Carson

1

.cda

38:56

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1947

Gordon Smith

1

.cda

62:18

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1929

Barney McHugh

1

.cda

55:27

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1950

Frank Dunshea

1

.cda

62:36

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1942

Stan Goodhew

1

.cda

61:56

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1948

Ron Hourigan

1

.cda

46:23

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1950

Alan Christie

1

.cda

61:08

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1950

Jake Zutt

1

.cda

48:48

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1942

Harry Scheele

1

.cda

48:03

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1949

Don Thomas

2

.cda

61:58
43:38

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1920

Bob Box

1

.cda

62:30

Timed summary (printable pdf)

1941

Box 3 - Queanbeyan Age Project 

INTERVIEWEE

NUMBER OF CDS

FILE FORMAT

RUNNING TIME

ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTATION

DATE OF ASSOCIATION WITH THE AGE

Bill Johnson

2

.cda

1:01:40

Permission form;
Timed summary (printable pdf)

1960

Peter Neuss

1

.cda

57:16

Permission form;
Timed summary (printable pdf)

1965

Lial James (Jim) Woods

2

.cda

51:09
52:07

Permission form;
Timed summary (printable pdf)

1956 (but refers to Gale’s period from 1860)

Kevin Hoare .cda 40:34 
29:24
photograph

Permission form;
timed summary

responsible for introduction of computer type at the Cairns Post and phasing out heavy metal and linotype machines in 1979. Volunteer at Queanbeyan Printing Museum.

1934-2004

Peter Carden

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary; photos; curriculum vitae; photographic portrait taken on day of interview

Biographical notes;
Permission form;
Interview summary;
Timed summary; Homopolar photographs and silent film; Copy of newscutting

1962-2015
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