Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble, (MInstCE, MASCE, MIEAust) (1865-1949)

Also known as
Anderson, J. T. Noble (1865-1949)
Field of activity
Civil engineer
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1476906

Biographies

J. T. Noble Anderson, Civil Engineer, with a career spanning more than 50 years, was a leader in the profession in Victoria. He practised innovative engineering during difficult times in the depressions of the 1890s and 1930s. In particular, he is known for his association with John Monash, and their role in pioneering reinforced concrete construction in Victoria.

Born in 1865 in Ireland, he graduated in engineering and arts. Following short engineering engagements in Ireland and England, he came to Victoria in 1889, working on the Laanecoorie Weir, and other Water Supply schemes for Victoria.

He took up a lectureship in mechanical engineering at the University of Melbourne, where he met John Monash. In 1894 they set up a consulting partnership designing and contracting engineering works. After a meeting with Frank Gummow of Sydney, in 1897 Anderson negotiated an agreement whereby Monash and Anderson became Victorian agents for Monier and Wayss reinforced concrete. They secured contracts and built several notable bridges using this new technology.

After the company failed financially in 1902, Anderson was appointed engineer to the Drainage Board in Dunedin, New Zealand from 1902 to 1906.

He returned to Victoria to became Shire Engineer and engineering consultant for several local government councils in various parts of Victoria, and again became very active with the Victorian Institute of Engineers, including leading discussions about main road developments in Victoria.

In the 1920s he was engineering consultant to Walter Burley Griffin, advising on the design of Canberra's water supply system and the Cotter Dam.

Between 1921 and 1939 he was appointed Engineer to the City of Richmond, where he was responsible for an extensive programme of main road and bridge works, including responsibility for maintaining most of the Yarra River bridges, their modification for tramway electrification and strengthening. He was also responsible for repair works following the 1934 Yarra River floods, and was associated with the innovative Grange Road Bridge, and the remodelling of the Richmond Town Hall using reinforced concrete, 1934-36.

  • Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA), Queens College, Royal University of Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Career position - Stoneyford Waterworks, Belfast, Northern Ireland, under Luke Livingston Macassey MInstCE
  • Career position - Contractors Engineer, Main Drainage Works, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Life event - Migrated to Australia
  • Career position - Constructed Filter beds, Portrush, Northern Ireland
  • Career position - Contractors Engineer, Thirlmere Scheme, Manchester Waterworks, England
  • Career position - Contractors Engineer, Laanecoorie Weir, Victoria, under Stuart Murray MInstCE
  • Career event - Member (MVIE), Victorian Institute of Engineers
  • Career position - Assistant Engineer, Water Supply Department, Victoria, under Stuart Murray MInstCE
  • Career event - Associate Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Career position - Engineer to Torrumbarry Irrigation Trust, Victoria
  • Career position - Consulting Engineer to Warrnambool Water Trust, Victoria
  • Career position - Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Engineer to Elmore Waterworks Trust, Victoria
  • Award - Bachelor of Arts (BA), Ad eundem, University of Melbourne
  • Career event - Granted Certificate as Engineer of Water Supply (Without Examination), Water Act 1890 VIC
  • Career event - Granted Certificate of Qualification as Engineer and Surveyor (CE), Local Government Act 1890 VIC
  • Career position - Engineer to Strezlecki and Coal Creek Colliery Works, Victoria
  • Career position - Engineer to Healesville Water Trust, Victoria
  • Career position - Agents for Monier and Wayss systems of Reinforced Concrete in Victoria, in partnership with John Monash MInstCE
  • Career position - Expert witness, Fairfield Railway Accident Enquiry
  • Career position - Engineer to Shire of Healesville, Victoria
  • Career position - Consulting Engineer to Mildura Irrigation Trust, Victoria
  • Career position - Engineer representing Victorian government at Mildura, Victoria
  • Career position - Consulting Engineer to Hamilton Water Trust, Victoria
  • Career position - Engineer-in-chief, reconstruction of Ballarat Woollen Mills, Victoria
  • Career event - President, Victorian Institute of Engineers
  • Career position - Consulting Engineer, Waipori Syndicate Water power scheme, New Zealand
  • Career position - Consulting Engineer, Dunedin Water power Schemes, New Zealand
  • Career position - Engineer-in-chief, Dunedin Drainage and Sewerage Works, New Zealand
  • Career event - Member, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Career event - Councillor, Victorian Institute of Engineers
  • Career position - Shire Engineer, Shire of Healesville, Victoria
  • Career event - President, Victorian Institute of Engineers
  • Career position - Engineer, Kilmore Waterworks Trust, Victoria
  • Career position - City Engineer, City of Richmond, Victoria
  • Career event - Member (MIEAust), Institution of Engineers Australia
  • Career event - Councillor, Victorian Institute of Engineers
  • Award - Honorary Life Member, Victorian Institute of Engineers

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. The Introduction of Monier Arch Bridges to Victoria
    Holgate, Alan; Taplin, Geoff; Alves, Lesley; Hamann, Conrad
    Published: Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 1996
    Series: First International and Eighth Australian Engineering Heritage Conference 1996: Shaping Our Future; Proceedings, 29-35
  3. Monier and Anti-Monier: Early Reinforced Concrete in Australia
    Lewis, M.
    Published: Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 1985
    Series: Second National Conference on Engineering Heritage ‘The Value of Engineering Heritage’: Preprints of Papers, 85-90
  4. Issues in the Design and Construction of Wheeler's Bridge, Lawrence
    Holgate, Alan; Taplin, Geoff; Alves, Lesley
    Published: Institution of Engineers, Australia, Melbourne, Vic., 1998
    Series: 9th National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Proceedings, 25-30
  5. Monash, Anderson, Transport and Communication 1894-1914
    Holgate, Alan; Taplin, Geoff
    Published: Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 2001
    Series: Eleventh National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Federation Engineering a Nation; Proceedings, 153-156
  6. Joshua Thomas Noble Anderson (1865-1949), Engineer: a Biographical Sketch
    Lloyd, Brian E.
    Published: Institution of Engineers, Australia, Melbourne, Vic., 1998
    Series: 9th National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Proceedings, 31-35
  7. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000
  8. The economical road surface (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1931
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1929-1930
  9. Engineering factors in the future growth of Australia (Presidential address, 1903)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1905
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IV, 101-108
  10. Ordinary cement concrete construction (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1903
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. III, 113-132
  11. Presidential address 1902 (vol. III)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1903
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. III, 104-112
  12. Notes on the adulteration of Portland cement (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1900
    Series: Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899
  13. Some records of a trial of a compound steam engine at the Ballarat woollen and worsted company's mills (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1900
    Series: Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899
  14. Notes on current engineering progress (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1908
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VIII, 134-142
  15. Art and engineering (Abstract of lecture & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1924
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1923-1924, 190-196
  16. Water storage (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1913
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XIII, 48-65, 67-74, 111-123
  17. Sewage disposal (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1933
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1931-1932, 45-58, 60-63
  18. Some irrigation problems at Mildura (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1900
    Series: Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899
  19. The economising of water in irrigation work (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1909
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IX, 45-61, 94-104, 107-114
  20. The main road problem (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1912
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XII, 100-114, 118-122, 141-143, 171-174, 221-225
  21. Road construction to stand modern Traffic (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1917
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XVI, 99-112, 194-196, 199-201, 272-274
  22. Road work in reinforced concrete (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1924
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1923-1924, 14-28
  23. The status of the engineer (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1928
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1927-1928, 34-39
  24. Water purification: past and present methods (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1933
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1931-1932, 32-42, 60-63
  25. The co-ordination of practice and theory in civil engineering (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1935
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1933-1934, 55-62, 66-70
  26. Dunedin drainage and sewerage (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1906
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VI, 130-155, 157-160
  27. Prevention and mitigation of flood damage (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1937
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers 1935-1936, 24-32
  28. The main road problem (Paper & Discussion)
    Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1911
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. XI, 83-94, 106-122, 132-141, 149-150, 167-170
  29. Nineteenth century engineers in the colony of Victoria /​ compiled by Peter F.B. Alsop.
    Alsop, Peter F. B.
    Published: Peter F B Alsop, Geelong North, 2002
  30. Note on mechanical filtration and gravitation filtration (Paper & Discussion)
    Swinburne, George; Whitehead, C. A. & Anderson, Joshua Thomas Noble
    Published: 1903
    Series: Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. III, 69-103

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