Fellows of Senate
John Job Crew Bradfield CMG
An early graduate of the University of Sydney (BE 1889, ME 1896, DScEng 1924), John Job Crew Bradfield CMG, civil engineer, was a Fellow of Senate of the University from 1913 to 1943 and was Deputy Chancellor in 1942.
(1867 - 1943)
CMG, BE DScEng Sydney
Fellow of Senate 1913 - 1943, including election by Senate as
Deputy Chancellor 1942
His early years
John Job Crew Bradfield was born on 26 December 1867 at Sandgate, Queensland.
He was educated at the North Ipswich State School and the Ipswich Grammar School, and passed the Sydney senior public examination in 1885 gaining the medal for chemistry.
Dux of Ipswich Grammar School, he won a Queensland government university exhibition.
His student days at the University of Sydney
Bradfield matriculated at the University of Sydney with honours in mathematics in 1886.
Residing at St Andrew's College, he won the Levey Scholarship for Chemistry, the Smith Prize for Physics and the Sulman Prize for Architecture, with 1st class honours throughout the engineering course. He graduated BE with the University Gold Medal in 1889.
He graduated ME with first-class honours and the University Medal in 1896.
In 1924 he received the first doctorate of science in engineering awarded by the University of Sydney, for a thesis entitled 'The city and suburban electric railways and the Sydney Harbour Bridge'.
Bradfield worked as a draftsman under the chief engineer, railways in Brisbane before joining the New South Wales Department of Public Works in 1891 as a temporary draftsman. An associate from 1893 of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, Bradfield was associated with a great range of engineering work including the Cataract Dam near Sydney and the Burrinjuck Dam which formed part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and in 1909 became assistant engineer. In 1912 he proposed a suspension bridge to connect Sydney and North Sydney, but in April also submitted a cantilever design. Next year the committee recommended acceptance of his scheme for construction of a cantilever bridge from Dawes Point to Milsons Point. In 1913 his title was changed to chief engineer for metropolitan railway construction.
In 1914 he went overseas to investigate new approaches to metropolitan railway construction. Early next year he reported on the proposed electric lines for the city of Sydney.
The easy passage of the Harbour Bridge Act undoubtedly increased Bradfield's determination to promote other sections of his scheme.
The opening of the St James and Museum stations and the new section of the Central Station at Chalmers Street on 20 December 1926 marked his plan's first result.
In February 1930 he was retired by the railway commissioners; however he continued to represent the government in dealings with the contractors and to supervise construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
In 1933 he was appointed CMG and he retired from the public service in July.
In 1934 Bradfield was appointed consulting engineer for the design, fabrication and construction of a bridge and approaches across the Brisbane River from Kangaroo Point to Bowen Terrace. He was also technical adviser to the constructors of the Hornibrook Highway near Brisbane and helped to plan and design the University of Queensland's new site at St Lucia.
Bradfield had wide interests within his chosen profession. In 1919 he was a founder of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.
He died at his home at Gordon on 23 September 1943.
From the Australian Dictionary of Biography
His membership of Senate
Bradfield was a member of its Senate in 1913-43, and Deputy Chancellor in 1942.
He always maintained close links with the University of Sydney: a trustee of Wesley College in 1917-43, a councillor of the Women's College from 1931, and a member of the University Club.