Harper, Herbert Reah (1871-1956)

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Electrical Engineer; Electrical engineer
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Herbert Reah Harper (1871-1956), electrical engineer, was born on 23 June 1871 in London, son of James Harper, commercial traveller and his wife Hannah, née Reah. He studied engineering at the City and...

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Herbert Harper worked for the Victorian State Electricity Commission from its inception in 1919 until 1936. Prior to this he was employed by the Department of Mines, the Melbourne City Council and the Brush Electrical Engineering Co. (England). While working for the latter, he was sent to Malta to oversee the installation of a power supply system and was then sent to Brush's subsidiary company, the Electric Light and Traction Co. in Melbourne (1899). During an overseas trip for the Department of Mines, Harper discovered the usefulness of brown coal as an energy source. When he returned to Australia, he was appointed to the government's brown coal advisory commission whose report instigated brown coal-mining and a power plant at Yallourn, in Victoria's La Trobe Valley. Herbert Harper's efforts saw the industrialisation of Victoria based on cheap power supply. He was awarded the Kernot (The Melbourne University Engineering Foundation) and Peter Nicol Russell (Institution of Engineers, Australia) Medals in recognition of his achievements.

  • Career position - Apprentice at Rennoldson Electrical Engineering Company in England
  • Career position - Electrical Engineer at Brush Electrical Engineering Co., UK
  • Career position - Supervisor, then Chief Engineer of the Malta electrical supply system
  • Career position - Assistant at the Electrical Light and Traction Co.in Melbourne
  • Career position - Electrical Engineer at the Melbourne City Council
  • Career position - Electrical Engineer at the Department of Mines
  • Career position - Inaugural President of the Electrical Supply Association of Australia
  • Career position - Inaugural Chief Engineer at State Electricity Commission (SEC) of Victoria
  • Career position - President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia
  • Career position - World tour of electrical works for the SEC
  • Life event - Retired
  • Career position - Consultant to the New South Wales Government
  • Career position - Member of the Army Mechanization Board

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Harper, Herbert Reah
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Fuel Calorimetry (Demonstrations & Discussion)
    Lorimer, G. & Harper, Herbert Reah
    Published: 1910
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. X, 81-88, 95-104
  3. Notes descriptive of the electric supply station of the Melbourne City Council (Paper & Discussion)
    Harper, Herbert Reah
    Published: 1907
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VII, 18-26
  4. Harper, Herbert Reah (1871 - 1956)
    Spaull, Andrew
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 9, 203-204

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  1. GENERAL NEWS. Mr. H. R. Harper's Honorarium.
    The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) Friday 30 May 1919 p 8 Article
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  2. Mr. H. R. Harper's Retirement. HE DECLINES TO ACCEPT GRATUITY.
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