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John Job Crew Bradfield

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John Job Crew Bradfield (1867-1943)

1943 Obituary [1]

JOHN JOB CREW BRADFIELD, C.M.G., was born at Sandgate, Queensland, on the 26th December, 1867, and died at Sydney, New South Wales at the age of 75.

He was educated at Ipswich Grammar School, Queensland and at Sydney University.

He received his practical training with the Queensland Government Railways, and in 1891 entered the Public Works Department of New South Wales,

In 1912 he was appointed Chief Engineer, Sydney Harbour bridge and Metropolitan Railway construction. He designed the scheme of city and suburban railways for the city of Sydney and constructed the City Railway by day labour, at an approximate cost of £10,000,000. He was responsible for drawing up the specifications for the Sydney Harbour bridge and constructed the approaches at a cost of £2,000,000, and, as Chief Engineer of the New South Wales Public Works Department, he supervised the contract for the main bridge (cost £4,239,000). He also prepared the design for the Brisbane bridge and supervised its construction.

He was a lecturer and examiner in engineering at Sydney University, and in 1913 was appointed a Fellow of the Senate. During the war of 1914-18 he was a member of the Patents Investigation Board and a member of the Board which established the first Civil Aviation School in Australia in 1916. In 1933, he set up a consulting practice, and in the same year was appointed a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. Dr. Bradfield was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 7th February, 1893, and was transferred to the class of Member on the 10th January, 1911. From 1936 to 1939 he was the Australian representative on the Council. From 1917 he acted as a member of the Advisory Committee for New South Wales. In 1914 he presented a Paper entitled " Electric Tramway : the Spit to Manly, N.S.W.", and in 1934 a Paper on " The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Approaches ", which was read and discussed together with Papers by Messrs. Ralph Freeman, M. Inst. C.E. (Design of Structure and Foundations); Ralph Freeman and Lawrence Ennis, M. Inst. C.E. (" Manufacture of the Structural Steelwork and Erection of the Bridge ") ; and J. F. Pain and Gilbert Roberts, Assoc. MM. Inst. C.E. (" Calculations for the Steel Superstructure "). A Telford medal was awarded to Dr. Bradfield for his Paper. He served on the Council of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and was a member of other scientific societies in Australia. He married Edith, daughter of the late J. V. Jenkins, of Llandaff, Wales, and had five sons and one daughter.

1943 Obituary [2]

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