Shea, Frederick James (1891-1970)

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Railway Engineer; Public Servant; Railway engineer; Public servant
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Frederick James Shea (1891-1970), railway engineer and public servant, was born on 6 July 1891 at Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, third of nine children of Victorian-born parents Frederick Shea, compositor, and...

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Frederick Shea was a railway engineer who made significant contributions to Australia's railway systems. During 17 years with the Victorian Railways he was involved in the modernisation of the workshops and the electrification of the network. During his time with the South Australian Railways as Chief Mechanical Engineer he designed three types of locomotive to cope with local conditions. Shea's railways career was interrupted during WWII when he joined the Aircraft Production Commission in 1940 and was responsible for aircraft maintenance and putting much of Australia's industry on a war footing. His return to rail came towards the end of the war when he became director of mechanical engineering under the Commonwealth Government's program to standardise railway gauges across Australia. He later joined locomotive manufacturer Clyde Engineering which names one of their diesel hydraulic locomotives in his honour.

  • Career event - Apprentice Fitter and Turner, Victorian Railways' workshops, Newport, Victoria
  • Education - Diploma in mechanical engineering, Working Men's College, Melbourne
  • Career position - Chief Mechanical Engineer, South Australian Railways
  • Career position - Manager, Beaufort Division, Aircraft Production Commission, Fishermens Bend, Melbourne
  • Career position - Director of Aircraft Maintenance, Department of Aircraft Production
  • Career position - Director of Engineering, Clyde Engineering Co. Pty Ltd
  • Life event - Retired

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  1. Shea, Frederick James
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Shea, Frederick James (1891-1970), Railway Engineer and Public Servant
    Fort, Carol
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 16, 221-222

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