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Hudson, William (1896 - 1978)

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Civil engineer
Born: 27 April 1896  East Nelson, New Zealand.  Died: 12 September 1978  Red Hill, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
(Sir) William Hudson was Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority 1949-67 and set up many other dams. Hudson's other roles include Chairman of the Road Safety Council of New South Wales and President of the National Safety Council of Australia. He is commemorated by the Sir William Hudson Memorial Home for aged persons in Cooma.

Career Highlights

1920Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of London
1920 - 1922Assistant Engineer in the Hydro-Electric Section of Armstrong Whitworth & Co in London
1922 - 1924Assistant Engineer of railway construction in the New Zealand Public Works Department and on the Mangahao hydro-electric scheme
1924 - 1927Engineer in charge of the construction of Arapuni Dam, New Zealand
1927Engineer with the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board of Sydney
1928 - 1931Assistant Research Engineer on the construction of Nepean Dam, New South Wales
1931 - 1937Engineer in charge of construction of the Gallaway Hydro-Electrical Scheme in Scotland (working for Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners (London))
1937 - 1943Research Engineer with the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board, working on the construction of the Woronora Dam in Sydney
1943 - 1948Chief Construction Engineer with the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board
1948 - 1949Engineer-in-Chief with the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board
1949 - 1967Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority
1955Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
1957Australian Engineering Award received
1959Kernot Memorial Medal received
1964 - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
1966James Cook Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1975Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1975Australian Welding Institute Annual Award received
1975Order of the White Cross Annual Award for services to Australia received

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