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Hartnett, Laurence John (1898 - 1986)

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Mechanical engineer and Business executive
Born: 26 May 1898  England.  Died: 4 April 1986.
(Sir) Laurence John Hartnett was Managing Director of General Motors-Holden's Ltd Australia 1934-47 and a director of the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd, Melbourne 1935-47. He was Director of Ordnance Production within the Munitions Department and presided over the first meeting of the Optical Munitions Panel. Hartnett was a guiding influence over the Panel's work. He was also involved with many external bodies including a stint as Chairman of Ferro Corporation (Australia) Pty Ltd and John Hart Pty Ltd. Hartnett completed a mechanical engineering apprenticeship with Vickers Ltd; Lt., before joining the Royal Navy Air Service and the Royal Air Force. After the war he joined General Motors and worked at many of their branches all over the world, before coming to Australia in 1934.

Career Highlights

1917 - 1919Served with the Royal Navy Air Service and the Royal Air Force
c. 1920 - c. 1933Senior Executive of General Motors in India, Ceylon, Malaya, Singapore, Sweden, Finland, USA, UK
1934 - 1947Managing Director of General Motors-Holden's Ltd Australia
1935 - 1947Inaugural Director of Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation Pty Ltd
1940 - 1945Director of Ordnance Production within the Munitions Department
1942 - 1946Chairman of the Army Inventions Directorate
1945 - 1971Council member of the Science Museum of Victoria
1949 - 1986?Chairman and Managing Director of Hartnett Holdings Pty Ltd
1974Public Service Star of Republic of Singapore received

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 5 December 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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