Few can claim to affect the lives of every person in every community, but that is the legacy of local government engineers. Many saw service in both world wars and later used the diverse skills acquired in war in their peacetime council work. Always fascinated by new technology, local government engineers have devised improved methods of road and bridge construction, and taken on vital tasks such as providing reticulated water to rural communities. As well as facing the challenge of 'droughts and flooding rains', they have designed swimming pools and airports and been involved in town planning.
This book celebrates the first 100 years of the Local Government Engineers' Association of NSW, a steadfast advocate for both its members and the broader community.
New South Wales Univ Pres
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01 December 2019
Foreword Introduction 1901-1918 Nation-builders 1919-1929 Coming into their own 1930-1938 The silent service 1939-1950s War and its aftermath 1950s-1965 A comprehensive job 1966-1989 A professional man - and woman 1990-2004 A high degree of autonomy 2005-2018 'Custodian' of community infrastructure
Pauline Curby is a professional historian who has undertaken consultancies in oral history, environmental history and heritage, as well as writing commissioned histories. Her publications include Seven Miles from Sydney, winner of the NSW Premier's Award (Regional and Community History), 2010. Pauline was the recipient of the NSW History Fellowship, 2011. She is a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW and ACT) and a councillor of the Royal Australian Historical Society.