Guide to the Papers of W. G. R. Gilfillan

MS 854

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of W. G. R. Gilfillan
Date Range
1893-1981
Collection Number
MS 854
Extent
1.6 metres (12 boxes)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Scope and Contents

The papers consist mainly of secondary source material. They include university lecture notes, handwritten notes, lecture notes for real estate courses, various reports and papers prepared by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, technical documents and journal articles on explosives and notes on public speaking.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2920551).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of W. G. R. Gilfillan, National Library of Australia, MS 854, [series and/or file number]'.

Provenance

The papers were donated to the Library by Gilfillan's wife in 1991, after his death in 1990.

Arrangement

The lecture notes, mostly from Melbourne University have been arranged in folders and neatly labelled by Gilfillan. They have been supplemented by journal articles and hand written notes. The original folders and the arrangement of material within the folders have been maintained by the Library. The items in folders 54, 58, 62, 68 and 69 had been donated to the Library in previous years (1963, 1974, 1989 and 1991). They have been amalgamated into this consignment and re-numbered.

The W. G. R. Gilfillan Collection of maps is held in the Library's Map Collection. See also MS 861 for other papers on the development of the Snowy Mountains region which were also donated by Gilfillan.

Item Descriptions

Series [unnumbered]. Melbourne University, Engineering School, Lecture Notes Show allonly 1

These papers consist mainly of prepared lecture notes and handwritten notes. They have been arranged in folders and neatly labelled according to the subject or unit being studied at the time by Gilfillan (1925-29). They have been supplemented by journal articles, government reports, pamphlets and product catalogues which relate to the subject. The original folders and the arrangement of material within the folders has been maintained by the Library.

File 1. Arches - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 2. Architecture - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 3. Beams - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 4. Bridges - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 5. Chemistry - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 6. Costing - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 7. Dams and weirs - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 8. Electricity - Box 1 Show allonly 1

File 9. Exam papers - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 10. Foundations - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 11. Geology - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 12. Hydraulics - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 13. Hydroelectricity, Irrigation - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 14. Machinery, Materials and testing - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 15. Mathematics - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 16. Practical work, Pumps and turbines - Box 2 Show allonly 1

File 17. Reports - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 18. Roads - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 19. Ropes, sanitation, sewerage - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 20. Specifications - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 21. Steelwork - Box 3 Show allonly 1

File 22. Sundries, surveying - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 23. Town planning - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 24. Tramways and transport - Box 4 Show allonly 1

Series [unnumbered]. Real Estate Courses; lecture notes Show allonly 1

Gilfillan undertook a number of courses in real estate by correspondence between 1956 and 1960. At this time he lived in Cooma and worked for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority. The courses were run by the Sydney University Extension Board in conjunction with the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales. Correspondence students were sent folders of lecture notes covering the whole course. Some of the folders contain correspondence between Gilfillan and the Real Estate Institute relating to enrolment details, exams and future courses.

File 25. Valuation of Real Estate, Part I, 1956 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 26. Valuation of Real Estate, Part II, 1957 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 27. Real Estate and Valuation Practice, Part I, 1958 - Box 4 Show allonly 1

File 28. Real Estate and Valuation Practice, Part II, 1959 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 29. Real Estate and Valuation Practice, Part III, 1960 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

Series [unnumbered]. Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority Show allonly 1

This material consists of reports and lecture notes which were produced by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority or by outside companies in relation to tender contracts.

File 30. 'Snowy-Murray development: final report of committee on supply routes for works on western side of mountains', June 1956 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 31. 'In-service training courses: 1. Inspectors (contract supervision): - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File A-1. Basic course, lecture notes', March 1956 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 32. 'Developments in reinforced concrete and their relationship to modern concrete codes', notes for post graduate course, 1959 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 33. 'Applied nuclear physics', notes for a lecture course conducted by the Research School of Physical Sciences, Australian National University, for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, 1960 - Box 5 Show allonly 1

File 34. 'Proposals for diverting the Snowy River to the Murray for the generation of electricity', compiled by W.G. R. Gilfillan, Cooma, 1963 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 35. 'In-service training courses: 1. Inspectors (contract supervision) welding lecture notes', May 1965 - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 36. 'Tender for seven 56MVA single phase transformers and ancillary equipment for T-1 power station, contract No 40,006', submitted by Australian General electric Proprietary Limited (n.d.) - Box 6 Show allonly 1

Series [unnumbered]. Explosives Show allonly 1

The majority of this material consists of notes, papers and reports prepared by the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority on explosives and commercially prepared notes by private companies such as ICI. Gilfillan was Safety Officer for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority for 15 years prior to his retirement in 1971.

File 37. 'Instructions for the care and use of explosives', Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, September 1950 (2 copies) - Box 6 Show allonly 1

File 38-39. Nobel Notes (Vol 1 No 1-Vol 20 No 1), 1953-72. These information circulars contain technical updates on explosives and blasting (2 sets) - Box 6-7 Show allonly 1

File 40. 'Handling and use of explosives', notes for a course, 13-14 May 1955, Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, 1955 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 41. Handling and Use of Explosives Course, 13-14 May 1955: course notes, internal memorandum and minutes relating to the course and a list of successful candidates on completion of examinations held in October 1955 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 42. Lecture notes for training courses for inspectors at Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, 1955 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 43. 'Improvements in explosive techniques', typescript notes (n.d.) - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 44. Various issues of Explosives Bulletin and Better Blasting and miscellaneous journal articles on blasting and explosives, 1953-56 - Box 7 Show allonly 1

File 45. Miscellaneous notes, journal articles and legislation relating to explosives, 1950-69 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 46. Lecture notes for Small Scale Explosive Course, Part II, Diffusion Blasting held at Cooma Technical College, 1971 and miscellaneous issues of Nobel Notes, 1972-73 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

Series [unnumbered]. Other material Show allonly 1

These miscellaneous papers relate to Gilfillan's employment with the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, his interest in public speaking, and material collected while living in Cooma and later on his retirement in Canberra, where he was a voluntary guide for Questacon. The items in files 54, 58, 62, 68 and 69 had been donated to the Library in previous years (1963, 1974, 1989 and 1991). They have been amalgamated into this consignment and renumbered.

File 47. Personal diary, July 1893-January 1894 (author unknown) - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 48. Duplicate copy of an agreement for the purchase of a brewery business by George Robert Gilfillan in 1894 - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 49. New South Wales Public Works Department Professional Officers' Association data sheets (various, 1913-1926) - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 50. Three letters (1929, 1971, 1972) relating to requests for product information and copies of technical notes - Box 8 Show allonly 1

File 51. Peakhurst Training Society, notes on public speaking, 1950-56 - Box 9 Show allonly 1

File 52. Notes, newscuttings and pamphlets on civil defence, 1951-64 - Box 9 Show allonly 1

File 53. Pamphlet Water and Power from the Snowy Mountains Scheme - Box 9 Show allonly 1

Attached to this pamphlet are six letters of acceptance to attend the official opening of the Guthega Hydro-Electric Project on 23 April 1955. They include letters from the Prime Minister and Dame Patty Menzies, Mr and Mrs John McEwen and Sir William and Lady McKell. Four letters expressing an inability to attend are also attached

File 54. Snowy Mountains and Monaro Horticultural Society Account Book, 1957-1964 - Box 9 Show allonly 1

File 55. Photocopy of Biographical memoirs ofClaude Cavendish Inglish, Fellow of the Royal Society (Great Britain) by A. Rylands Thomas and Sir Angus Paton and a copy of The United Nations Flag Code andRegulations (1958) - Box 9 Show allonly 1

File 56. Test report on lightweight aggregate carried out by the School of Civil Engineering, New South Wales Institute of Technology, 1958 and a journal article by G. B. Welch, 'Expanded shale lightweight aggregate' reprinted from Constructional Review, November 1958 - Box 9 Show allonly 1

File 57. 'Speechcraft: notes on the techniques of public speaking', prepared by L. K. Burgess, President, ACT Dais, Australian Rostrum, Canberra, 1959 - Box 9 Show allonly 1

File 58. Program for a revue 'Top heavy' produced by the students of Canberra University College in 1959. There are also typescript notes of the various productions - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 59. Notes relating to Australia Day celebrations and correspondence with the Australia Day Council (NSW), January 1960, seeking information for activities to celebrate Australia Day - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 60. Notes on speed reading and Strine language, 1962-74 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 61. Address given by Professor C. H. Munro at the annual meeting of 'Men of the Land' Society, 12 March 1963 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 62. St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Cooma, Minutes of the Committee of Management Meetings, 1966-67, order of service sheets, miscellaneous church notices and typescript sheets of sketches for revue 'Top heavy' (see also folder 58) - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 63. Draft notes for biographical memoir of Sir William Hudson (1896-1978), Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, 1949-67, prepared in 1979 and an obituary notice, 1978 - Box 10 Show allonly 1

File 64. 'Questacon lectures 1981', the fifth series of Questacon lectures held at the Australian National University, 1981 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 65. Notes and papers produced to complement a 1981 Questacon lecture series and as an aid for Questacon explainers - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 66. Information on the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia prepared by Mark de Graaf, Head of Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Darwin and Alice Springs Community Colleges (n.d.) - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 67. Two notebooks containing notes by Gilfillan on road systems and their construction in various American states (n.d.) - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 68. Typescript: 'The plastic behaviour and design of welded steel structures' - Box 11 Show allonly 1

File 69. School and university notes belonging to Rosemary Gilfillan. She was a student at Monaro High School, Cooma and later studied at the University of New South Wales - Box 12 Show allonly 1