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William Isaac Monkhouse’s Electoral Roll registration 1911 Waimarino, Bay of Plenty

New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981

  • Name: William Isaac Monkhouse
  • Electoral Year: 1911
  • District: Waimarino
  • Region or Province: Bay of Plenty
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Legend: No on Roll, Name in full, Residence, Occupation or Addition, and Property Qualification, if any
  • Entry: 7777, Monkhouse, William Isaac, Rangataua, Electrician[1]
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Monkhouse commences with PMGD as a mechanic in the Electrical Engineer’s Branch but has not yet been appointed to the public service and requires an exemption to give effect

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Melbourne, 6th June, 1913. THE following notification respecting staff changes, &c., is made in accordance with the Commonwealth Public Service Act and Regulations:— . . . Exemptions from the Provisions of the Act. . . . Walter Isaac Monkhouse, Mechanic, Electrical Engineer’s Branch, not exceeding three months from 14th May, 1913. . . . [2]

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Monkhouse passes PMGD examination held May/June 1913 for appointment as mechanic

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Examination No. 442. For Appointment as Mechanic, Postmaster-General’s Department, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia. (Held, 17th May to 17th June, 1913.) THE following are the names of the candidates, in their order of merit, who were successful at the above Examination, and have thereby qualified for appointment to vacancies arising during the ensuing period of eighteen months, viz., until and including 10th January, 1915. Each candidate underwent the Practical Tests, but was allowed his choice of the remaining sections of the Examination, viz., Oral Examination or Written Examination. To pass the Examination a candidate was required to obtain at least 300 of the 500 marks available. A candidate from outside the service was also required to pass a qualifying Examination in Handwriting, Spelling, and Arithmetic. Where two or more candidates secure the same total number of marks their order of merit has been determined by the number of marks allotted for the Practical Tests, and, where such marks are equal, then by ballot. As notified in the Commonwealth Gazette, of 15th February, 1913, the number of vacancies which it is estimated will probably occur during the ensuing period of eighteen months, are:— New South Wales, 50; Victoria, 20; Queensland, 10; South Australia, 10. Successful candidates, up to the twice the estimated number of vacancies for each State, have, where that number is available, been entered on the “Register of Qualified Candidates” in accordance with the Regulations; the names are also given of those who, though successful, were not sufficiently high on the list to be registered. In the event of the vacancies arising during the prescribed eighteen months being in excess of the number of candidates registered, such vacancies may be filled from the list of unregistered successful candidates. Upon appointment, a successful candidate from outside the service will be required to produce evidence of the date of his birth, and a medical certificate, satisfying the Commissioner in whatever particulars he may determine, of sound bodily health and freedom from physical defects. An appointee will also be required to assure his life in accordance with the Regulations. If a successful candidate decline to accept an appointment offered to him, or fail to reply within seven days to a communication from the Commissioner or a Public Service Inspector respecting his nomination to the Public Service, his name may be removed from the “Register of Qualified Candidates.” . . . NEW SOUTH WALES. . . .

  • Name: Monkhouse, Walter Isaac
  • Subject, Maximum Marks, Pass Marks, Actual Marks
  • Practical Tests: 300, N/A, 232.5
  • Oral Examination: 200, N/A, Not taken
  • Written Examination: 200, N/A, 104
  • Total Marks: 500, 300, 336.5 (Number 8 in NSW, far below the standard of candidates in Victoria)

D. C. MoLACHLAN, Commissioner. W. J. CLEMENS, Secretary. Office of the Commonwealth Public Service Commissioner, Melbourne, 11th July, 1913.[3]

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William Isaac Monkhouse’s Electoral Roll registration 1914 Waimarino, Bay of Plenty

New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981

  • Name: William Isaac Monkhouse
  • Electoral Year: 1914
  • District: Waimarino
  • Region or Province: Bay of Plenty
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Legend: No on Roll, Name in full, Residence, Occupation or Addition, and Property Qualification, if any
  • Entry: 4646, Monkhouse, William Isaac, Rangataua, Electrician[4]

NSW BDM marriage registration for Walter Isaac Monkhouse

  • Marriage registration
  • Registration Number: 1746/1914
  • Groom’s Family Name: MONKHOUSE
  • Groom’s Given Name(s): WALTER I
  • Bride’s Family Name(s): ARNOLD
  • Bride’s Given Name(s): IRENE O
  • Registration District: PETERSHAM[5]

NSW BDM birth registration for Walter Isaac Monkhouse’s daughter Alma Irene Monkhouse

  • Birth registration: Alma Irene Monkhouse
  • Birth year: 1914
  • Mother’s name: Irene O.
  • Father/parent’s name: Walter I.
  • District: Ashfield
  • Registration details: 29022/1914[6]
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Likely Walter Isaac Monkhouse arrives in Brisbane on the steamer Wyreema ex Melbourne and Sydney

SHIPPING. ARRIVALS. January 8.— WYREEMA, 6,500 tons, Captain Grahl, from Melbourne and Sydney. Passengers: Mesdames M. Flitson, F. Shaw, S. Watson, R. Wishart, D. Oliver, W. Conwey, M. Bodsworth, S. Long, S. Lord, D. McGregor, M. Horsburgh, L. Andrawatha, N. Power, J. Howard, T. Gerler, Borrowdale, A. Baxter, C. Crocker, T. Glen, T. Schweikert, G. Postans, F. Cathermole, E. Ballantyne, T. Bannister, Misses E. Bevan, F. Badham, A. Elliott, M. Smith, M. Marriott, C. E. King, O. Roberts, Horsburgh, R. Blease, P. Hodsdon, A. C. Mills, E. Thompson, J. Nickolls, Thompson, J. Moran, J. Glen, More, N. Brady, S. King, L. Devlin, E. Ballantyne, Messrs. C. Monteath, F. Wood, A. Luder, H. Griffiths, A. M. Hislop, F. Shaw, D. Watson, A. Bell, D. Paterson, W. Eaton, E. Davis, W. Thorpe, Foote (2), C. H. Watson, E. B. Tregear, R. Wishart, E. Oliver, T. Johnson, Denver, A. Rosebrook, W. Remington, Disker (2), E. Bailey, D. Kilgour, E. Hutchison, F. Robson, P. Mackay, F. Bardsley, W. Prossor, J. A. Ogle, P. Foxwell, S. Blackett, T. Cooke, D. Hall, N. P. McRae, B. Wells, A. Morey, G. D. Payne, D. McGregor, J. B. Fell, Brown (2), M. Freeman, E. Thompson, G. Horsburgh, J. Kullner, J. Howard, Banks (2), W. Clabburn, F. Kelly, E. Phillips, W. Monkhouse, J. Estems, E. Gerber, R. Hobo, Faulkner, T. Peate, C. Davis, T. Sherwan, J. Filmer, G. Wallis, H. B. Hart, W. Wrightson, Hemmings (2), Howard (2), Thompson, Phipps, A. Clarke, T. W. Scott, W. Nield, F. Hancock, E. Christensen, W. Donaldson, H. Thomsett, F. Smith, K. Holmston, C. Crocker, Glew, Baxter, Kenelly, O’Neill, A. Arnold, C. C. Harris, C. W. Sullivan, Kelly, Flaherty, H. Soderling, C. S. Phillips, L. Wilson, L. Furman, W. Crimp, G. Postang, Turry, Flanagan, Bell, J. Sim, J. Davis, E. Rice, A. Neville, A. R. Kayel, L. Ballet, G. Duffeym, G. Beckett, J. Hickings, J. Rocket, F. Hunter, W. Holland, T. Bannister, P. Anglim, E. Watkins, H. Jones, C. Willoughby, Quinn, G. Heslop, J. Reest, A. Ekeland, R. Davidson, G. Harrington, T. S. Rudd, W. Preston, G. Clarke, H. Passmore. Through passengers: Mesdames A. Billett, H. Church, E. A. Knell, C. Dewar, Priestly, Elliott, E. Bare, E. O. Edwards, Miss E. Somerville, Messrs. A. Hunter, Devlin, L. Eddy, Locke, Howard, Gahan, Riley, Donelly, Harris, R. Reeve, C. Anderson, F. Eyre, A. Billett, Leonard, E. A. Knell, W. Thurhvalle, Hilton, Gibb, Okley, Reid, Carter, Rich, Bangholz, Warrop, C. Ross, Haincough, Lawry (4), B. Luke, J. Melville, Glen (2), W. Sam, J. Walters, E. Mahoney, A. Mitchell, C. Dewar, Priestly, Daly, H. Petersen, C. Luke, Rea, Rogers, Farrell, P. Moore, W. Wilkins, A. Uhlmann, Elliott, E. May, H. Church. B. T. and Q. A. Company, agents. ARRIVAL OF WYREEMA. The steamer Wyreema arrived at Brisbane this morning from Melbourne and Sydney. Captain Grahl reports that light winds and fine weather generally were experienced throughout the trip. The voyage from wharf to wharf occupied 39 hours. The Wyreema entered the river at 8.22 a.m. today, and berthed at the company’s Norman wharf.[7]

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Monkhouse’s appointment as mechanic with the PMGD finally confirmed in May 1914 with effect from July 1913

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Melbourne, 22nd May, 1914. THE following notifications respecting staff changes, &c., are made in accordance with the provisions of the Public Service Act and Regulations:— POSTMASTER-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. Ex. Mins. Nos. 264, 265. 266, 267, 268, 269, 271, 273, 278, 280, 281, 283, 284, T.225. Appointments Confirmed. . . . . Walter Isaac Monkhouse, Mechanic, Electrical Engineer’s Branch, from 12th July, 1913.[8]

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Monkhouse listed in Aug 1914 as permanent officer of the Commonwealth public service

Index to List of Officers — New South Wales — continued.

  • Name, Page, No on Page
  • Monkhouse, Walter Isaac 94 5[9]
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Monkhouse passes examination for promotion to Senior Mechanic in the PMGD

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Examination No. 571. For Promotion as Senior Mechanic, Postmaster-General’s Department. (Held 20th March to 21th April, 1915.) THE following are the names, in alphabetical order, of the candidates who were successful at the above examination, and the marks allotted. As notified in the Commonwealth Gazette of the 14th November, 1914, the examination is a qualifying one, and successful candidates will be promoted, as vacancies occur, in the order of their appointment to the position of mechanic.

NEW SOUTH WALES. . . .

  • Name: Monkhouse, Walter Isaac
  • Subject, Maximum Marks, Pass Marks, Actual Marks
  • Practical Tests: 200, 120, (Passed in a previous examination)
  • Oral Examination: 200, 120, 136
  • Written Examination: 200,120, N/A

. . . . D. C. McLACHLAN, Commissioner. W. J. CLEMENS, Secretary. Office of the Commonwealth Public Service Commissioner, Melbourne, 14th May, 1915.[10]

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Monkhouse resigns his position with the PMGD effective 31 July 1915

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Melbourne, 26th August, 1915. THE undermentioned notifications respecting staff changes, &c., are made in accordance with the Commonwealth Public Service Act and Regulations:— POSTMASTER-GENERAL’S DEPARTMENT. Ex. Mins. Nos. 388, 389, 390, 391, 393, 394, 396, 397. New South Wales. Services Terminated. . . . Walter Isaac Monkhouse, Mechanic, Electrical Engineer’s Branch, from 31st July, 1915 (resigned).[11]

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Monkhouse on the list of Commonwealth public servants as at 30 June 1915

INDEX. 373. INDEX TO LIST OF PERMANENT OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE ON THE 30th OF JUNE, 1915. . . .

  • Name, Page, No on Page
  • Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, 95, 2[12]
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Qld birth registration for Walter Isaac Monkhouse’s daughter Joan Frances Monkhouse

  • Qld BDM
  • Birth registration: Joan Frances Monkhouse
  • Birth date: 27/04/1916
  • Mother’s name: Irene Olive Arnold
  • Father/parent’s name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Registration details: 1916/B/44070[13]
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Monkhouse appointed as instructor in telephone mechanics at Central Technical College, Brisbane

TELEPHONE MECHANICS. Instructor Appointed. The Governor-in-Council has appointed W. I. Monkhouse, instructor in telephone mechanics at the Central Technical College, Brisbane, as from the 10th February, 1916, and has exempted him from the operations of the Public Service Acts.[14]

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Monkhouse assists with the supervision of group of students of Central Technical College on field trip to Ipswich railways works

IPSWICH AND WEST MORETON. IPSWICH, September 14. About 70 or 80 students from the Brisbane Central Technical College, in the engineering diploma, engineering mechanics, and electricity classes, in charge of Messrs. H. W. May (supervisor of the department), S. Closs, Monkhouse, F. Crane (superintendent trade classes), V. Brown, W. Brown, and F. Armitage visited Ipswich today and inspected the railway works. They were shown round by Mr. J. H. Wall (works manager) and assistants, a very interesting and instructive time being spent.[15]

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Monkhouse qualifies (barely) for appointment as Assistant Engineer in the PMGD (but is never appointed)

COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. Examination No. 663. For Appointment as Assistant Engineer, Class E, Professional Division, Electrical Engineer’s Branch, Postmaster-General’s Department. Held 19th and 20th December, 1916. THE following are the names, in alphabetical order, of the candidates who were successful at the above examination, and who have thereby qualified for appointment to vacancies arising in the position of Assistant Engineer, Class E, Professional Division, during the ensuing period of eighteen months, viz., until and including the 6th September, 1918. Successful candidates will be appointed, as vacancies arise, according to relative fitness for the duties to be performed as determined upon examination results and the qualifications disclosed by a successful candidate who is an officer of the Commonwealth Public Service in the previous performance of his duties. Upon appointment, a successful candidate from outside the Service must produce evidence of the date of his birth, and a medical certificate, satisfying the Commissioner in whatever particulars he may determine, as to the appointee’s sound bodily health and freedom from physical defects. He must also assure his life in accordance with the regulations. . . .

  • Name: Monkhouse, Walter Isaac
  • Position: N/A (Candidate is not an officer of the Commonwealth Public Service)
  • Subject: Maximum marks, Pass marks, Actual marks
  • General Engineering: 100, 50, 52
  • Line Construction: 100, 50, N/A
  • Telegraph Equipment: 100, 50, 55
  • Telephone Equipment: 100, 50, 54[16]
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Qld birth registration for Walter Isaac Monkhouse’s daughter Eileen Olive Monkhouse

  • Qld BDM
  • Birth registration: Eileen Olive Monkhouse
  • Birth date: 22/09/1917
  • Mother’s name: Irene Olive Arnold
  • Father/parent’s name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Registration details: 1917/B/49585[17]
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Monkhouse files patent application for “Improvements in and relating to wire joints.”

FARMING AND MINING INVENTIONS. Messrs. Griffith and Hassel, Patent Attorneys, of 77 Castlereagh-street, Sydney, report that the following applications for patents connected with the farming and mining industries, have been lodged at the Commonwealth Patent Office, Melbourne:— Walter Isaac Monkhouse: “Improvements in and relating to wire joints.” Filed December 3, 1917. William Cumming: “An improved automatic solenoid type of electrical circuit breaker.” Filed December 5, 1917. John Lloyd Stevens: “Improvements in the treatment of complex sulphide ores, concentrates and the like.” Filed December 5, 1917. Martin Joseph Fogarty, Amos Smith and Alfred Edward Upton: “An improved animal trap.” Filed November 29, 1917. John Spilsbury: “An improved garden tool.” Filed November 30, 1917. James Martin and Company Limited: “Improved means for attaching comb fingers to cutter or comb bars of reaper-threshers, stripper-harvesters and like agricultural implements.” Filed November 30, 1917. T. Robinson and Company Proprietory Limited: “Improvements in reaper-thresher, harvesters and the like. Filed December 3, 1917.[18]

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Monkhouse gives evidence at Arbitration Court consideration of technical teaching salaries

ARBITRATION COURT. Friday, April 12. Before the President, his Honour Mr. Justice McCawley. PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION. This case, which is a claim by the Professional Officers’ Association, on behalf of the Queensland Government professional officers for increased salaries and improved conditons, was continued. Mr. H. Bond, Mr. L. Kempster, and H. Ball appeared for the Professional Officers’ Association; Mr. C. B. de Costa for the Australian Union of Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors; Mr. C. White for the Printing Trade Union; Mr. R. J. Carroll for the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (on behalf of certain trade instructors at the Technical College); and Mr. Partridge for the General Officers’ Association. Mr. J. D. Story (Under Secretary, Public Instruction Department) represented the Government. . . . The claims of Trade Instructors at the Technical College were next proceeded with. Sydney John Seymour, instructor in metal work at the Technical College, said he received £200 per year. Witness had to have high qualifications. His work included theoretical and practical knowledge, and he had to deliver lectures. He had to do night work, which would have materially increased his wages if working outside. He claimed that he was entitled to considerably more than the ordinary workman outside. He had no assistance during the day, but he had an assistant for night work. To Mr. Story: He based his claim on the ground that he was an instructor. William Richard Kingwell, instructor in carpentry and joinery, stated that, notwithstanding the extra training and knowledge he had, his pay was much the same as that of the ordinary tradesman. His hours of work might average over 40 per week. He had been instructor for 12 months, and had now the care of 100 pupils. He had also to lecture and supervise manual training in wood work. He had no assistant. Walter Isaac Monkhouse, instructor in telephone mechanics, said he had 62 pupils at present, and his teaching hours were 28½ per week. W. F. Armitage, instructor in fitting and machinery, said he had a first class engineeers’ certificate. He had a knowledge of all the branches of fitting and engineering, and he was paid a very little more than an ordinary fitter received. There were seven pupils when he took the work up, and there were now 118, and there was likely to be an increase. He considered his position should carry a salary superior to that of a foreman in the Ipswich workshops. This completed the evidence, and the court adjourned till 10 o’clock on Monday, when the addresses will be proceeded with.[19]

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Monkhouse attends annual conference of Mining Engineers’ Institute at Newcastle

MINING ENGINEERS’ INSTITUTE. ANNUAL CONFERENCE. The Australasian Institute of Mining Engineers has been holding its annual meeting in Newcastle. One of the features of the conference was a visit to the Proprietary steel works at Newcastle. The members of the institute, reports the “Daily Telegraph,” accompanied by students of the engineering profession, arrived in Newcastle on Saturday, August 24. The party included about 60 members of the institute, among whom were representatives of each of the Australian States, New Zealand, and New Guinea, and they were accompanied by an equal number of students from various Australian universities and schools of mines. Following is a list of members of the Australasian Institute of Mining Engineers with the party:— Victoria: Professor E. W. Keats, Messrs. C. F. Courtney, A. S. Kenyon, H. Herman, E. C. Dyason, S. N. Rodda, W. N. Kernot, G. T. Brown, K. O’Brien, J. R. B. Anderson, E. Martin, E. Lewis, W. Kingston, Captain Akeroyd, D. B. Mitchell, S. R. Mitchell, H. Wilson, G. Young, D. L. Stirling. A. V. Leggo. Queensland: Messrs. W. Alpin, J. F. Hall, W. I. Monkhouse, J. Anschau, W. R. Underhill. South Australia: Messrs. L. K. Ward, P. Mottram, and G. F. Bull. West Australia: Messrs. H. Stewart, E. K. Beaumont, I. Herman, W. F. Fallowfied, A. E. Builder, A. Fraser, and A. J. Herman. Tasmania: Messrs. G. Barker, L. V. Waterhouse, W. E. Hitchcock, R. C. Eyes, E. Barkley, J. B. Scott, J. O. Hudson, A. D. Sligo, H. Sampson, and W. A. Beamish. New South Wales: Messrs. J. Hebbard, W. Poole, R. Slessor, G. S. Hart, M. O. McKeown, C. L. Garland, H. Rickleman, S. G. Le Soeuf, E. H. Tyalor, E. A. White, W. J. Mulligan, T. J. Horwood, and A. H. R. Guppy; and New Zealand: Messrs. H. J. H. Lowe, Boyd, Bennie, and J. F. Downey. A Civic Reception. The visitors, continues the “Daily Telegraph,” were accorded a reception in the Newcastle Council Chambers, and among those present to welcome them were members of the Northern Engineering Institute and other organisations, and manufacturing representatives. Alderman R. G. Kilgour, the Mayor, presided. He said that he was proud to welcome the party to Newcastle, and to extend to them the greetings of the citizens. He hoped that the members of the institute and the students would realise all they expected in their visit. Newcastle was well seized with the importance of the visit of so many representatives of such an important organisation. Inasmuch as Newcastle, from an engineering point of view, was a most important place, he believed they would find their inspections of much value. While he was proud to see so many “big guns” what appealed to him very strongly was the presence of the students. He regretted that on account of the war the visitors would not see the port in its true character as a shipping centre, for vessels were very sparse. Newcastle had, however, much to be thankful for in the activity of its industrial life. He believed that Newcastle was going to be the industrial hub of the Commonwealth, and he trusted that every visitor would carry from the port and the district happy, profitable, and pleasant memories. Mr. Richard Thomas said that he tendered the visitors a very warm welcome on behalf of the members of the Northern Engineering Institute. He fully endorsed what the Mayor had said respecting the importance to the community of the visit of the party, and he would like to add that it would also be a blessing to the engineering profession. Iron sharpened iron, and there were likely to be mutual benefits derived from the discussions with one another. The Northern Institute cordially welcomed the students, who were starting upon the arduous climb of the ladder, and needed all the encouragement possible. The week’s activities of the visitors had been cut out in a useful fashion. They would be taken to one of the finest coalfields in Australia, one that was discovered by a highly-esteemed fellow-engineer and honorary member of their institute, Professor (now Major) David. (Applause.) “He has,” said Mr. Thomas, “given us many a good lift, and since then a lift to the Germans in another sense,” a point that was heartily appreciated. Those fields, continued Mr. Thomas, were but a barren wilderness 15 years ago. Now they were occupied by from 30,000 to 40,000 people. There were seams of coal over 30ft. deep, and fine seams they were, too. The South Maitland district was one of the best-equipped coal fields in the world. It could put out 20,000 tons of coal per day. The visitors would be taken across the harbor, which, though not so fine as Sydney, was nevertheless well equipped in its shipping appliances and other facilities. There were six to seven miles of wharfage for coal loading, and three miles of wharfage for other things. The output of the Maitland coalfields would be over 20,000 tons per day if working at full capacity, and the Newcastle district could put out 10,000 tons daily. The visitors would also be shown the secondary industries. There was the great steel works, which had risen on the site of the old smelting works. It was a fine monument to the engineering profession. They would also see another great industry in the works of the Sulphide Corporation. No wonder Newcastle claimed to be the hub of the wheel of State progress, and not the tyre for the wheel of Sydney. He hoped the visit would be of mutual benefit. Mr. J. L. C. Rae, on behalf of the mining engineers; Mr. A. Goninan, speaking for the Manufacturers’ Association of New South Wales; Mr. Guy Allbut, representing the electrical engineers; and Mr. E. Scott Holland, town clerk, supplemented the welcome to the visitors. Professor E. W. Skeats, of the Melbourne University, responded. He said that in the unavoidable absence of the president of their institute, Mr. J. D. Sutherland, he had been asked to reply to the warm and appreciated welcome extended to himself and his visiting colleagues that evening. The membership of the Australasian Institute of Mining Engineers was widespread. It had no State boundaries, and its membership extended to New Zealand and New Guinea. They were fortunate in having three or four representatives of the Dominion in that gathering. Every State of the Commonwealth, and New Zealand and New Guinea were represented in the party. The institute and the students were present in almost embarrassing numbers, but that was a tribute to Newcastle, as showing the interest they felt in its importance, and he felt sure they would derive much profit and pleasure from their visit. To some of them Newcastle was more or less known. It was his third visit. He was glad that the various speakers had emphasised the importance of the presence of so many students. The party was almost equally divided between students in the technical and junior sense, and the others, who were all students in the more senior sense. It had always been a strong point with the institute to encourage the students of mining engineering and the allied sciences in every possible way, and there was no better way than by providing all the facilities possible for visiting important mining and manufacturing centres of the Commonwealth. Mr. H. Herman, of Melbourne, leader of the party, also spoke in appreciative terms of the welcome. An adjournment was then made to St. Philip’s Presbyterian Hall, where Mr. A. Goninan addressed the visitors and members of kindred organisations upon “Engineering Impressions during mv recent trip through America and England.” Visit to Newcastle Steel Works. The inspection of the industries of the Newcastle district by the delegation of members of the Institute and students was made to the Broken Hill Proprietary Company’s Steel Works on Monday. The party numbered about 130, and they were accompanied by several members of the Northern Engineering Institute. An inspection was first made of the works. With the company, one heard many passing ejaculations. “Newcastle is going to be worth living in,” said one. “How are land values here?” This was a man with a speculative eye, land for factories and workshops to be acquired while land was cheap, and land for the housing of the thousands of workmen who would follow in the steps of industrial expansion. One of the visitors remarked that directly, or indirectly the development of the steel works would have beneficial results upon every industry in the Commonwealth. “What is the total approximate cost of the works?” was asked by one visitor to another. “I read the other day,” was the reply, “that the exact sum was £2,800,000, and still spending. The truth of the latter portion of the statement was demonstrated in the steel and wooden supports of rising new structures, the digging of underground passages, the bricking of archways, and the installation of new machinery. The visitors were entertained by the Broken Hill Proprietary Company at luncheon, served in a large marquee specially erected for the occasion. Mr. G. D. Delprat, general manager, presided, and among the guests was Mr. Fitzpatrick, State Minister for Mines. Following up the toast of “The King,” Mr. Delprat, on behalf of the company, extended a hearty welcome to the visitors. He said that he was happy to see so large and important a gathering, and he hoped they would take away from Newcastle kindly recollections of the steel works. Mr. Hebbard proposed “Prosperity to the Broken Hill Proprietary Company, Limited,” coupled with the name of Mr. Delprat, who was to a very large extent responsible for the great industry they had the pleasure of seeing that day. Mr. Delprat, in responding, said: “I thank you very much for the toast and its hearty reception, but my name is merely incidental. The credit is not all mine, but it is due to the excellent work of Messrs. Baker, McMeekan, Noyes, Mitchell, and other members of the staff. They are all exceptionally capable and willing officers, and work well together.” The visiting engineers and students were the guests of the Northern Engineering Institute at a smoke concert in St. Philip’s Hall in the evening. Mr. C. A. Sussmilch read a paper upon the “Geological Formation of the Main Coal Basin of New South Wales.” Orchestral selections were contributed by Messrs. J. Webb, C. Hardacre, and J. Hiley. Mr. P. H. Monkley recited, and songs were given by Professor Skeats and Messrs. E. K. Beaumont, R. P. Breden, and R. S. Mitchell. A party of students were associated in a humorous chorus. The accompaniments were played by Professor Skeats, Mr. E. K. Beaumont, and Mr. C. Hum. Mr. J. B. Henson presided over the function.[20]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1919 Brisbane South

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1919
  • Subdivision: Brisbane South
  • Division: Oxley
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 9040, Monkhouse, Irene Olive, Hillside, home duties, female
  • Entry: 9041, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, Sussex st, tele. instructor, male[21]
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Monkhouse is appointed a council member at the first meeting of the Queensland Wireless Institute

THE QUEENSLAND WIRELESS. Inauguration of Institute. A meeting of members of the Queensland Wireless Institute was held in the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce, Courier Buildings, on Wednesday, 19th March, at 8 p.m., Mr. H. Cornwell (in the chair). Mr. S. V. Colville (secretary) read the notice convening the meeting. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. The following were elected for the current year: Patron, Professor Hawken, B.A., B.E., A.M.I.C.E.; president, Mr. R. A. Wearne, B.A.; vicepresident, Messrs. S. S. Smith, A. G. Jackson, H. Cornwell, E. A. Blackboro, W. M. Nelson; hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr. S. V. Colville; council, Messrs. E. H. Jack, W. I. Monkhouse, J. D. Garland, R. Stephens, H. Priest, and J. C. Price. The rules of the institute were submitted, discussed, and adopted. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks to the chairman.[22]

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Monkhouse to lecture to a meeting of the Electrical Trade Union

ELECTRICAL TRADE UNION. IMPORTANT MEETING. A number of important matters will be considered at the quarterly general meeting of the Electrical Trade Union to be held on Wednesday, July 2. Consideration will be given to a new award covering the electroplating industry, also the report of the delegate on the Federal Council will be submitted. Mr. S. Brodney will place before members the work and objects of the Workers’ School of Social Science, and an address will be given by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, on a technical electrical subject.[23]

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Monkhouse gives a lecture on AC motors and starters to a meeting of the Electrical Trade Union

ELECTRICAL TRADES UNION. LECTURES FOR MEMBERS. A most interesting lecture was delivered at the last meeting of the Electrical Trades’ Union by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, a teacher of electrical engineering at the Technical College, and a member of the union. Mr. Monkhouse’s subject was the connecting of A.C. motors and A.C. starters, and as the use of both is growing in Brisbane, the lecture, which was of a most informative character, was listened to with great interest by the members. The policy of the union is to obtain lecturers at the general meetings for the benefit of members, and arrangements have been made for another lecture to be delivered at the next general meeting by a teacher from the Workers’ School of Social Science.[24]

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Monkhouse applies for patent in respect of photographic films

PATENT APPLICATIONS. List of Commonwealth Patent Ap-plications lodged from the 30th Oct. to 5th Nov., 1919:— . . . Photographic films — W. I. Monkhouse.[25]

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Announcement of opening meeting of QWI to be held at Monkhouse’s place of employment

QUEENSLAND WIRELESS. As will be noticed by advertisement in this issue the Queensland Wireless Institute will hold its opening meeting at the Central Technical College on Friday next, 6th February, 8 p.m. The institute is established for the purpose of encouraging the scientific research of wireless telegraphy, telephony, and its associated subjects in Queensland.[26]

Advertisement, as previous

MEETINGS. THE QUEENSLAND WIRELESS INSTITUTE, OPENING MEETING. The Opening Meeting of the Queensland Wireless Institute will be held at the Central Technical College, on FRIDAY NEXT, 6th February, at 8 p.m. Members and persons interested in wireless research are cordially invited. S. V. COLVILLE, Hon. Secretary.[27]

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First annual meeting of QWI to be held at Monkhouse’s place of employment

THE QUEENSLAND WIRELESS INSTITUTE. ANNUAL MEETING. The Annual Meeting of the Queensland Wireless Institute will be held at the Central Technical College, Engineering lecture room, on Friday, 19th instant, at 8 p.m. Members are particularly requested to be present. S. V. COLVILLE, Hon. Secretary.[28]

Monkhouse appointed to QWI council and research committee at its first annual meeting

WIRELESS INSTITUTE. The report presented at the first annual meeting of the Queensland Wireless Institute, held in the Technical College last night, stated that owing to the influenza epidemic the institute, during the first ten months of its existence, had been practically in abeyance, the epidemic having precluded experiments in wireless research. The membership of the institute was now about 40. It was hoped to acquire suitable accommodation within a short period, when it was proposed to establish a laboratory for carrying out research work. The financial statement showed a credit balance. The following officers were elected:— Patron, Professor Hawken; president, Mr. W. M. Nelson; honorary members, Captain G. A. H. Curtis and Mr. H. May; vicepresidents, Messrs. H. Cornwell, A. G. Jackson, and S. H. Smith; council, Messrs. D. J. Garland, E. M. Jack, W. I. Monkhouse, J. C. Price, W. H. Rix, and A. L. Moore; hon. secretary and treasurer Mr. S. V. Colville; assistant secretary, Mr. P. E. Cuslack; research committee, Messrs. G. Chilton, H. M’Lean, and W. I. Monkhouse.[29]

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Monkhouse appointed as assistant teacher of engineering subjects at Central Technical College, Brisbane

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. . . . Walter I. Monkhouse, to be assistant teacher of engineering subjects at the Central Technical College, Brisbane, as from July 1.[30]

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Monkhouse enjoys a fishing outing with his fellow teachers at the Central Technical College

TECHNICAL COLLEGE ANGLERS. A party of fishing enthusiasts from the Central Technical College (Messrs. O’Shaughnessy, J. A. Hobson, F. H. Hobson, Monkhouse, Russell, Worthington, and Keenan) visited fishing grounds off Cleveland and Peel Island on the night of the 9th and the morning of the 10th instant, under the able direction of Mr. Charles Taylor, a local resident. The outing proved enjoyable and profitable, the catch totalling 117 fish of many varieties. The largest fish, a mowong, weighing 10 lbs., and the largest snapper, weighing 5 lbs., were caught by Messrs. Russell and J. A. Hobson respectively. The individual aggregates ranged from 10 to 25, the most successful fishermen being Messrs. O’Shaughnessy, J. S. Russell, and F. H. Hobson, with catches of 25, 19, and 18 respectively. A fishing dub has now been formed at the Central Technical College, particulars of which will appear later.[31]

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Second annual meeting of QWI refers to two lectures given during the year by Monkhouse but he is no longer on the council or research committee

WIRELESS INSTITUTE. THE ANNUAL MEETING. The second annual meeting of the Queensland division of the Wireless Institute of Australia, was held in the institute rooms, Edward street, Brisbane. Mr. W. M. Nelson (president) presided and others present included Messrs. S. H. H. Smith (vicepresident), and S. V. Colville (hon. secretary). SECRETARY’S REPORT. The secretary reported that the progress of the institute during the twelve months ended March last had not been what might be termed brilliant, although some very interesting and useful work had been accomplished. The main drawback to the rapid progress, which promised early in the year, was the lack of support by members in the matter of lectures and papers. The council had had to convert itself into a working committee for the purpose of manufacturing the apparatus, which had been installed. Thanks were due to about a dozen members, who came forward to assist in this connection. Although the number of lectures and papers delivered was not very great, quite a large quantity of interesting matter had been dealt with by discussion at the ordinary meetings. The following lectures and papers had been delivered before general meetings: Electromagnetic induction, by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse; submarine cable, by Mr. S. H. H. Smith; an amateur receiving set, by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse; crystal rectifiers as applied to wireless reception, by Mr. S. V. Colville; electronic theory as applied to valves, by Mr. S. V. Colville; electrical oscillations, by Mr. E. C. Barton; wireless waves and wave motion by Mr. S. V. Colville; valves and their application in wireless telegraphy and telephony, by Mr. L. S. Lane. INCREASED MEMBERSHIP. At the end of last year the membership totalled 38, of whom only 17 became active and financial. The balance did not attend, neither did they respond to appeals for the fulfilment of their financial obligations. This year 21 new members were accepted, of which 17 were active and financial, making a total active membership of 34. Mr. S. H. H. Smith expressed appreciation of the Education Department’s action in providing the excellent accommodation for the institute in the education buildings. Mr. S. V. Colville mentioned that, although the institute was officially opened in March, 1919, suitable accommodation was only secured in July last, when, thanks to the courtesy of the Education Department, rooms were provided rent free. The report was adopted. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. Election of officers resulted as follows: Patron, Professor R. W. Hawken, B. A., M.I.C.E.; president, Mr. W. M. Nelson; vicepresidents, Messrs. S. H. H. Smith, G. Chilton, and L. S. Lane; hon. member, Mr. R. A. Wearne, B.A.; hon. general secretary and treasurer, Mr. S. V. Colville; hon. assistant secretary, Mr. G. A. Wilson; librarian, Mr. W. Shepley; assistant librarian, Mr. A. Dillon; council, Messrs. A. L. Moore, E. Little, H. McLean, W. Finney, G. Tucker, and L. Gibson; Research Committee, Messrs. A. L. Moore, S. E. Colville, G. Chilton, L. S. Lane, and P. Wolstenholme. Votes of thanks were accorded the president (Mr. W. M. Nelson), the vicepresident (Mr. S. H. Smith), and the hon. secretary (Mr. S. V. Colville).[32]

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Monkhouse is promoted to senior instructor in the electrical engineering and electrical trades engineering branch at the Central Technical College as part of a reorganisation

“REORGANISATION.” CENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE. NEW OFFICES CREATED. ELEVEN TEACHERS TO BE DISPENSED WITH. Under a “reorganisatíon” scheme which is now being carried out in connection with the Central Technical College, Brisbane, the designations of some officers have been altered, and new offices created, while all work in connection with the preparation of teachers for examination and correspondence tuition will be relegated to the Teachers Training College as from July 1. The services of 11 teachers also are to be dispensed with. In Saturday’s “Government Gazette” it is announced that the services of the following members of the staff at the Central Technical College shall be terminated as from February 9, next:— Felix H. Brazier, part time teacher of engineering-drawing; Dunmore F. Cribb, assistant teacher of commercial subjects; Frank W. Dunstan, part-time teacher of engineering drawing; Phillip A. Edwards, part-time teacher of building construction and drawing; Frederick W. James, part-time teacher in the department of languages, literature, and mathematics; Charles V. Rees, part-time teacher of architectural rendering; Mrs. Margaret Scott, cleaner; Muriel M. Staeheli, part-time teacher of dressmaking; Georgina L. Stodart, part-time teacher of drawing; Frederick T. Sweatman, part-time teacher of fitting and machining; James M. Tarvitt, part-time teacher of cabinet making; Charles W. White, part-time teacher of modelling. In accordance with this “reorganisation,” the Central Technical College will be divided into three distinct sections — the departments of commerce, women’s work, and technology — and it is also announced that the office of senior instructor, general branch, department of commerce, has been created, and that Mr. J. H. Jones, M.A., now assistant teacher in the department of languages, literature, and mathematics, has been appointed to the position on probation for six months. The gazetted notices also show that the office of chief instructor, general branch, department of technology, has been created and that Mr. M. A. Longworth, B.Sc., now teacher of physics in the science department, has been appointed to the new post. Miss A. Schauer, at present teacher of cookery and allied subjects has been appointed to a newly created position — that of senior instructress domestic arts section of the domestic science branch. Several other now offices have been created. These are those of senior instructor in the electrical engineering and electrical trades engineering branch, to which Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, assistant teacher of engineering subjects, has been appointed, and of senior instructor of the commercial branch, to which Mr. A. F. Hess, teacher of bookkeeping and accountancy, has been appointed. Mr. W. R. Kingwell, chief instructor of carpentry and joinery, will be known as senior instructor. Mrs. H. Young, the supervisor of the department of domestic science, will be the officer in charge of the department of women’s work. The supervisor of the department of commerce (Mr. E. H. George) will be the officer in charge of that department. The positions of officer of the Department of Technology and Chief Assistant of the Engineering Branch are to be filled. The designation “supervisors” of departments is to be abolished, and the title altered to “chief instructors” of “branches.” Those responsible for the new scheme claim that it will lend to greater efficiency and render the institution in every respect a technical college.[33]

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Monkhouse prominent at a fete at the Central Technical College including a demonstration of Xrays and alongside a demonstration of wireless transmission and reception by Lecester of the Naval Department

TECHNICAL COLLEGE FETE. The grounds of the Central Technical College were bright with colour on Saturday afternoon, when a fete on a large scale was held in aid of the College Gymnasium Fund. Festoons of flags were suspended between the buildings, while gaily decorated and attractively stocked stalls were arranged in the angles of the different blocks, and attended by girls in daintily coloured hats and aprons. The official opening of the gymnasium was performed by his Excellency the Governor (Sir Matthew Nathan), who was attended by Captain Hammond, A.D.C., and was received by a recepuon committee comprising the officers in charge of departments (Messrs. McGillivray and George, and Mrs. Young). In an interesting address to the very large gathering assembled in the gymnasium, his Excellency emphasised the importance and the benefits of physical culture. A panel carving representing the principal of the college (Mr. R. A. Wearne), executed by Mr. L. J. Harvey, was unveiled by his Excellency. At the instance of the Minister for Public Instruction (Mr. J. Huxham), a vote of thanks was accorded to his Excellency. Others who were present at the opening ceremony included Colonel D. C. Cameron, M.H.R., Mr. Wearne, Mr. W. Bertram and Miss Bertram, members of the Domestic Science Advisory Board (Mesdames J. Huxham, J. N. Devoy, A. Skirving, and G. Carter), Messrs. A. S. Kennedy, L. C. Morris (Superintendent of Technical Education), and Daly. The gymnasium building was erected by returned soldiers under the direction of Mr. Kingwill, and others who rendered valuable assistance in connection with the building and the fete were Colonel Cameron, Messrs. Watkins and Owens, and the staff of the college. During the afternoon musical selections were rendered by the Naval Band, and a guard of honour for his Excellency the Governor was formed by the naval cadets. A basket ball contest arranged between the Technical High School, Commercial, and Domestic Science Schools was won by the first named. Various forms of amusement comprised demonstrations of different kinds. In the evening the grounds were illuminated by electric light, and a dance was held in the gymnasium. The duties of hon. organisers were carried out by Mrs. Young, Messrs. Wearne, Monkhouse, and Watkins. The gymnasium fund committee comprised Messrs. Watkins (president), J. A. Hobson (hon. secretary), Burton (hon. treasurer), Mrs. Young, Misses M. Palmer and Wendt, Messrs. Armitage, Bremner, Burton, Claire, Crane, Ferry, Harvey, Hobson, Howes, Jones, King, Kingwill, Lewis, Longworth, Marienthal, Maynard, McGillivray, O’Shaughnessy, Palmer, Seymour, Watkins, Wilton, and Plant. The gymnasium fete committee was formed of a number of members from the gymnasium fund committee. The stalls and stallholders were as follows:— Engineering Stall: Engineering branch, Department of Technology, Messrs. Armitage (convener), Messrs. Monkhouse, Wilson, Taylor, Gowd, Bremner, Manion, and Marienthal. Tinware: Sheet metal work branch, Messrs. S. J. Seymour and G. Howes. Fruit and vegetables: Chemistry, wool, and art branches, Mr. S. B. Watkins (convener), Miss Nagel, Messrs. Broe, Lewis, Harvey, and Malyon. Cake and sweets: Domestic science department, Mrs. Young (convenor), Misses Wendt, Slaughter, Bell, Baird, Staunton, Allison, E. Young, M. Barker, D. Williams, I. McDonnell, R. Riggall, E. O’Brien, J. Herbert, E. Fry, and Mrs. Dineen. Jazz and bachelors’ stall: Administrative department, Mr. N. O’Shaughnessy (convener), Mr. R. D. Ferry, Misses O. Clarke, B. Jones, G. McKenzie, M. Owens, N. Smart, L. A. Wells, D. Williamson, G. Wood, Messrs. M. Burton, T. Claire, A. Hickerton, J. Hobson, H. Kay, G. Lewis, H. D. Noyes, W. Owens, J. A. Rigby, W. Wood, and J. H. Woodward. Flowers and pot plants: Mr. F. H. Hobson (convenor), Mesdams K. Bohan, R. Calthorp, C. Mullens, C. Murison, H. and C. Reid, S. J. Ryan, M. Tucker, Misses S. J. Beatty and A. Massey, Messrs. P. Birkbeck, W. C. Johnston, J. F Ludgate, and J. Wilkinson. Refreshments: Department of commerce, Miss M. Palmer and Mr. J. H. Jones (conveners), Miss E. Henry, Messrs. Arthur and Andrews, assisted by the staff and students of the department. Furnishing and Woodwork: Sections of building branch, Messrs W. R. Kingwell (convener), L. Cockburn, J. J. Dryden, G. J. Hoey, R. C. Hammond, R. King, E. G. Maynard, R. Nasmyth, F. Pethebridge, and L. Potts. Demonstrations were conducted as follow:— Chemical experiments, directed by Mr. Broe; pottery, Mr. Harvey; X Rays, Mr. Monkhouse; wireless transmission and reception, Mr. Lecester, of the naval department.[34]

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Monkhouse features in a photo of Central Technical College staff

REPRESENTATIVES OF DEPARTMENTS OF THE CENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE. Front row: A. Davies, M.A. (officer in charge of the department of correspondence tuition), N. O. O’Shaughnessy, A.I.C.A. (chief clerk), E. H. George, F.I.C.A., F.F.I.A. (officer in charge, department of commerce), R. A. Wearne, B.A. (principal), H. I. McGillivray, M.A. (officer in charge, department of technology), Mrs. H. Young (officer in charge, department of women’s work), A. E. Palfery, M.A. (officer in charge of matriculation classes). Second row: C. E. Plant, F.S.I., M.R., San. I. (chief instructor, building branch), Miss C. Slaughter (teacher of cookery), F. J. M. Roberts (chief instructor, art branch), S. B. Watkins, M.Sc., (chief instructor, industrial chemistry branch), Miss A. F. Allison (teacher of millinery), M. A. Longworth, B.Sc. (chief instructor, general branch, department of technology). Third row: Miss D. Wendt (teacher of dressmaking), A. F. Hess, F.I.C.A., A.F.I.A. (senior instructor, department of commerce), H. G. Lewis (instructor, sheep and wool branch), H. F. Robinson (draftsman), W. R. Kingwell (senior instructor of woodworking trades), J. H. Jones, M.A. (senior instructor, department of commerce), Miss M. Palmer (teacher of typewriting). Back row: C. F. Whitcombe, A.R.I.B.A. (instructor of architecture), W. F. Armitage (instructor, engineering branch), M. Elliott, B.E. (chief instructor, engineering branch), W. I. Monkhouse, A.M.I.E.E. (senior instructor, electrical engineering). (Photo Caption)[35]

Monkhouse appointed to the committee of management of the Central Technical College gymnasium

TECHNICAL COLLEGE. MANAGEMENT OF GYMNASIUM. A meeting of the Central Technical College staff was held on Tuesday, the 27th June, for the purpose of adopting rules and appointing a committee and office bearers for the management or the gymnasium, recently officially opened by his Excellency the Governor. The following officers were elected: Patron, Colonel D. Cameron, M.P., C.M.G., D.S.O.; president, Mr. R. A. Wearne, B.A.; vicepresidents, Messrs. S. B. Watkins, M.Sc., J. H. Jones, M.A.; hon. secretary, Mr. J. A. Hobson; hon. treasurer, Mr. M. St. C. Burton; Committee of Management, Mrs. H. Young, Miss E. Henry, Messrs. R. D. Ferry, H. I. McGillivray, M.A., W. I. Monkhouse, A.M.I.E.E., C. J. Connell. It was decided to make the building available for instruction purposes on and after the 1st July. Students and ex-students are now notified that they are eligible for enrolment. The amount collected to date, representing one year’s effort, for the erection of the gymnasium totals £783 8s, 2d. The building cost £767 2s. 7d., and the equipment, including piano, cost £128 7s. It will thus be seen that owing lo the efforts of the staff and students, the building is now free from debt, and an amount of £112 1s. 5d. is required to pay for the equipment, including piano.[36]

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Monkhouse on a committee to organise a charity continental ball

SOCIAL. . . . A strong committee has been formed to carry into effect the idea of a continental masked ball on October 6 in aid of the Children’s Hospital. Mrs. E. G. Theodore presided at a meeting on Thursday, and there were also present:— Mesdames J. Huxham, A. J. Jones, J. S. Devoy, Naylor, Misses Sheahan, Messrs. N. O’Shaunghnessy, J. Herbert, S. B. Watkins, E. Thurlow, R. D. Ferry, J. O. Alexander, E. Bates, H. Doughty, W. I. Monkhouse, W. Owens, and E. Moulton. Amongst the attractions will be a jazz floor for open-air dancing in the grounds adjoining the Central Technical College Gymnasium. The grounds will be specially illuminated, and the water front of the Domain is available for decorated motor boats.[37]

As previous, Monkhouse is the hon. secretary of the committee

SOCIAL His Excellency the Governor has kindly consented to be present at the continental masquerade ball, in aid of the Children’s Hospital, to be held in the Central Technical College gymnasium hall, and adjoining grounds, on 6th October. A notable feature of the evening will be the special decorations and lighting, which are in the hands of an experienced subcommittee. Provision will be made for cardtables and smoking rooms. A special landing will be erected for dancers from decorated motor boats. Invitations may be obtained from the hon. secretary, W. I. Monkhouse, Central Technical College.[38]

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Masquerade ball at Central Technical College a success, Monkhouse on committee

MASQUERADE BALL. The river frontage of the Domain was ablaze with coloured lights last night, when a Continental masquerade ball was held in aid of the Hospital for Sick Children. An open-air dancing floor was erected, where jazzing took place, as well as in the gymnasium hall. Paper streamers and bells and large jazz spots decorated the walls. A palm grove was arranged for the Viceregal party, his Excellency the Governor, attended by Colonel Parsons, being present during the evening. Both floors were crowded with dancers, all of whom were masked, and many wore fancy costumes. The scene presented was picturesque, particularly from the river, where motor boats plied to and fro. A tent was set apart for card players, and two refreshment tents were available for supper. The attendants all wore fancy dresses. The Naval Jazz Band and two other orchestras were in attendance. The committee responsible for the success of the evening comprised Mesdames E. G. Theodore (president), J. Huxham, A. J. Jones, T. Wilson, W. N. Gillies, Naylor, W. Young, J. N. Devoy, Miss Sheahan, Messrs. E. W. Moulton, Doughty, Lewis, E. R. Thurlow, D. Ferry (treasurer), W. Owens, Herbert, Alexander, Curtis, Bates, Smith, Walker, O’Shaunessey, R. A. Wearne, Wood, McGillvray, and W. I. Monkhouse (secretary). Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Theodore entertained Sir Matthew Nathan at supper at the Technical College. Others present were Colonel Parsons, the Chief Justice (Mr. Justice McCawley) and Mrs. McCawley, Mr. and Mrs. J. Huxham, Mrs. A. J. Jones, Mr. R. A.Wearne, and Mr. Walter Kirby.[39]

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Monkhouse appointed to the Qld committee for the WIA Trans Pacific Tests

AMATEUR RADIO. THE TRANSPACIFIC TEST. ORGANISING LOCAL ENTHUSIASTS. A meeting of amateur wireless enthusiasts was held last evening, under the auspices of the Wireless Institute of Australia (Queensland division) for the purpose of organising in connection with the trans-Pacific amateur tests, which will commence about 1st May, 1923. The scheme originated with Mr. H. Kingsley Love, past president of the Victorian division of the Wireless Institute. The scheme has extended to New South Wales, and is now being taken up by the Queensland division. The signals are to be transmitted from Long Beach, California, U.S A., and will be listened for by amateurs who have entered for the test under the organisation of the respective subcommittees. The transmitted power will be 1 k.w. on a low wave length. The meeting passed the following resolution: “That a committee consisting of four representatives be elected at this meeting, and that other interested persons be asked to co-operate, the committee having power to add. The following gentlemen were elected to the committee: Chairman, Mr. A. G. Jackson; hon. secretary, Mr. W. Finney, and Messrs. Monkhouse, Milner, and Derrick, The organising committee are anxious that all owners of wireless installations. whether members of a club or the institute or not, should (1) either enter for the test, or (2) agree to help by co-operation with other station owners to compete.[40]

Monkhouse suggests an effective modification to the microphone circuit for 4AE, notes Monkhouse as vicepresident of QWI

RADIO BROADCAST. LAST NIGHT’S CONCERT. A very successful broadcast was conducted last evening by the Queensland Wireless Institute. An alteration of the microphone circuit suggested by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse (vicepresident) has made a marked improvement in the modulation strength. The broadcast consisted of a number of special records loaned by Mr. Hudson (a member of the institute), which were played on a Salonola gramophone loaned by Home Recreations Ltd. Mr. Milner operated the radiophone.[41]

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Monkhouse to give a lecture and demonstration on “Inductance and Capacity” to QWI, notes appointed vicepresident due to departure of Colville

Queensland Wireless Institute. The first of a series of demonstrations will be given this evening, at 7.30, in the lecture room of the Queensland Wireless lnstitute, by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse (vicepresident). The subject of the demonstration will be “Inductance and Capacity.” All members of the institute are requested to be present, and also any person who is interested in the work done by the institute. The executive of the Queensland Wireless Institute recently underwent a change. Owing to the late secretary removing to Sydney, Mr. W. Finney undertook the secretaryship. Mr A. G. Jackson being appointed president, Mr. W. I. Monkhouse vicepresident, and the new position of treasurer was allotted to Mr. A. N. Stephens. The arrangements in connection with the Trans-pacific (amateur) tests are well advanced, and all licensed stations will receive a circular and form within the next few days. Those desirous of taking part in the tests or in assisting will greatly help the committee by forwarding their registration as early as possible.[42]

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QUEENSLAND WIRELESS INSTITUTE. Those who braved the elements on Friday evening last to attend the demonstration given in the Wireless Institute lecture room by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse (vicepresident) were well repaid. The demonstrator dealt chiefly with capacity and condensers, and in such an interesting manner that every person present thoroughly enjoyed the demonstration. Using a Wimshurst machine, Leyden jar, pith balls, &c., Mr. Monkhouse took his listeners from the early days of electricity to the present day antenna or aerial, as used in wireless telegraphy and telephony, and explained their action in each instance. Mr. Monkhouse has promised to give further demonstrations.[43]

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Promotional article for QWI in advance of annual general meeting, incorrectly notes Monkhouse as State Electrical Engineer

RADIO EXPERIMENTS. WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA. The Wireless Institute of Australia, which was founded in pre-war days, is the pioneer body so far as experimenters in both radio telegraphy and telephony in Australia is concerned. It has as its patrons Senatore Guglielmo Marconi, G.G.V.O., L.D.D., D.Sc., M.I.E.E. There are divisions in each of the States, and the councils are composed of men, most them true radio engineers and of high standing in the electrical and radio world. The council of the New South Wales division comprises such men as Messrs. E. T. Fisk (Amalgamated Wireless), C. P. Bartholomew, C. D. Maclurcan (the Australian pioneer experimenter and broadcaster), and S. V. Colville (founder of the Queensland division) The Victorian division includes Messrs. H. Kingsley Love (organiser of the Transpacific tests), O. J. Philpott and R. H. Hull. Queensland division contains in its ranks Messrs. A. G. Jackson, W. I. Monkhouse (State electrical engineer), J. Milner, and W. Finney. All these men have done much for the furtherance of radio research, extending over years. The Queensland division has experimented in several branches of wireless, including spark, buzzer, arc, continuous wave, and telephony. It is due to the broadcasting done at the institute — the excellence of which has yet to be surpassed — that radio enthusiasts in Brisbane have derived such pleasure. The annual meeting of the Queensland division will be held on Friday, April 13, in the lecture room, Old Fire Brigade Building, at which all members are invited to be present.[44]

Monkhouse appointed as a vicepresident of the QWI at annual general meeting

WIRELESS INSTITUTE. The annual meeting of the Queensland Wireless Institute was well attended last night, when Mr. A. G. Jackson occupied the chair. The president, in his report, stated that owing to the activities of the institute, it had helped to increase public interest in radio, which, he said, can now be claimed as an established fact to Queensland in general and Brisbane in particular. The number of aerials now to be seen in the suburbs is quite surprising, whilst applications for membership and from enthusiasts who wished to become initiated in the popular science were encouraging. The election of officers resulted:— Patron, Professor Hawkin; vicepatron, Professor Parnell; hon. members, J. McConachie (Deputy Postmaster-General), J. W. Sutton (State Electrical Engineer), F. Walker (Deputy State Electrical Engineer), S. V. Colville (founder Q.W.I.); president, A. G. Jackson; vicepresidents, C. W. Inglis [sic, Isles], A. K. Lawton, W. I. Monkhouse, P. S. Trackson, S. H. Smith: secretary, W. Finney; treasurer, A. N. Stephens; auditor. H. Maddock; broadcasting; committee, E. C. Littler, J. Milner, A. N. Stephens; committee, A. M’Leod, J. Milner, J. C. Price, and E. j C. Littler.[45]

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Monkhouse gives a lecture on antennas at a meeting of the QWI

WIRELESS INSTITUTE. LECTURE ON AERIALS. Mr. W. I. Monkhouse delivered a most interesting lecture and demonstration last evening at the institute rooms, to a large gathering of members and their friends, the room being filled. Mr. Monkhouse outlined the functioning of the antenna as pertaining to wireless transmission and reception. He also demonstrated the construction and action of the T, inverted L, and umbrella types of antennae or aerials. By special request the lecturer also repeated portion of his previous demonstration to the members on electrostatics and inductance. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. Monkhouse, who stated he would give a further demonstration at a future date. A vote of thanks was also accorded to the University authorities for the loan of the apparatus used by Mr. Monkhouse in his demonstrations.[46]

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Monkhouse presides over a meeting of the QWI

WIRELESS INSTITUTE. CALIBRATING THE RADIO-PHONE. A council meeting of the Queensland Wireless Institute was held on Friday night, Mr. Monkhouse presiding. After the general business the broadcasting committee furnished their report. Radio Inspector Crawford (Commonwealth) visited the station on Tuesday evening and calibrated the radiophone, which was found to have a wave length of 662 metres. This has to be reduced to 250 metres. On Tuesday evening next the broadcast will only be for about 30 minutes, ??? 8.30 p.m., which will allow amateurs to calibrate their sets to a definite wave length . . . i.e., 662. Further notice will be given when alterations have been completed. Drawing for a new receiving set and wave meter were passed by the council, the construction to be proceeded with immediately. All amateur transmissions in the future will be wave lengths of 100 to 250 metres. Mr. McLeod, of Red Hill, Brisbane, has had some surprising results on one valve, hearing plainly as many as five Sydney amateurs in an evening. A report from Melbourne states that a petition protesting against the wireless regulations has been proposed, and those holding copies of the petition declare that it is being freely signed by the public. Despite the fact that the regulations have been passed, it has been decided to continue with the petition, and it will probably be presented to the Postmaster-General (Mr. Gibson) on Tuesday. Special objection is taken to the requirement that listeners-in shall use a “sealed receiver,” which limits them to one broadcasting service. Another excellent programme of vocal and instrumental numbers is to be sent out by Dr. McDowall this (Sunday) evening. (Our full budget of wireless news and notes will be found on Page 23 of this issue.)[47]

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Monkhouse applies for rent reduction to the Fair Rents Court

This Morning’s Court Cases. In the Fair Rents Court this morning, before Mr. P. M. Hishon, P.M., the following cases were dealt with. Walter lsaac Monkhouse applied to have the rent of premises situated in James-street, Teneriffe, determined. He stated the house contained five rooms, a kitchen, and an enclosed veranda. The house next door, which was of equal value, was let for 23s 6d per week, whilst he was paying 35s, and the owner (John Julius Cranston, of Terrace-street, New Farm) had notified him he intended increasing it to 37s 6d per week. The applicant considered 30s per week a fair rental. The rent was fixed at £1 17s 6d per week for six months from November 17.[48]

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QWI annual report notes that Walter Isaac Monkhouse gave three lectures during the year on “Electricity and Magnetism”

WIRELESS CIRCLE. WIRELESS INSTITUTE. PROGRESS FOR YEAR. The improved financial position of the Queensland Wireless Institute was emphasised by the secretary (Mr. A. N. Stephens) in his report to the final meeting of the year, held in the club rooms last week. In March of this year, he said, the debt stood at £52 10s, but the strenuous efforts which have been put forth during the ensuing period have resulted in that amount having been reduced to approximately £11. During the year Mr. Monkhouse had contributed three lectures on “Electricity and Magnetism,” and Mr. Williams, in loaning his set, had given a demonstration on an inside aerial and a Ducon electric aerial, messages from amateur stations being received with great clarity. The 440 main had been substituted for a 220, a new 10-watt set had been installed with grid modulation, and the aerial altered. In addition, two demonstrations had been conducted during the 12 months — one at the Majestic Theatre and the other at the Ascot State school fete — with success. The members of the institute had acted concertedly in the city transmission and reception, and Mr. H. Miller had conducted the transmission at Ascot.[49]

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Monkhouse attends the public meeting of all interested in amateur wireless with James Joseph Malone

Mr. Malone’s Visit Clears Up Misapprehensions. The visit of the manager of Commonwealth Wireless (Mr. Malone) has certainly done a lot of good for the interests of radio in this State. The amateur has at last had a chance of learning exactly what the prospects of future research work will be. Amateurs now know that they may be in a position to carry on work of a genuine experimental nature without the drawbacks of having to comply with regulations that may be made for the adherence of listeners-in. Restrictions, of course, must be enforced that will compel the experimenter to remain so, and not be a limiter of entertainment, as is the definition of a listener-in. Professor Parnell, of the Queensland University and the Wireless Institute, certainly explained the right policy of the amateur in his speech at the reception tendered to Mr. Malone. “The experimenter,” said Professor Parnell, “must be educated to such a degree that he may be qualified to operate his set and carry out scientific experiments in such an efficient manner that it will not be necessary for regulations to be enforced to prevent the use of any circuits that will tend for the uplifting of the class of transmitting and receiving apparatus that may be used in any experimental capacity.” The experimenters’ views were well expressed by Mr. E. Gabriel, of the Radio Society of Queensland, when that gentleman said “That the amateur experimenters should be allowed to have a go in any manner that is considered to be in the best interests of the development of radio.” Mr. Gabriel said that, “From exhaustive inquiries that have been made it is a fact that the experimenters want to have a clearcut situation on the events of future developments and the only way to make this possible is by the removal of any restrictions that will keep the experimenter in a minor stage of research work. The amateurs are prepared to share in any reasonable expense that may be incurred in the bettering of conditions generally. The Queensland amateurs will welcome any scheme whereby efficient service can be obtained in the line of broadcasting.” The newly appointed radio inspector, Mr. W. Finney, gave a very detailed report on the progress of the establishment of radio clubs throughout the State, and it can be easily seen that the popularity of radio is extending to large proportions. Mr. A. G. Jackson was a most interesting speaker, in view of the fact that he could refer to the times when wireless was hot even a realised possibility. Mr. Jackson told of the time in England when he journeyed miles to see the first piece of wireless apparatus that was manufactured. The general impressions given tended to convey the direct message to Mr. Malone that the amateurs of Queensland were wanting to have an unrestricted go in the field of experiments and in reply Mr. Malone hoped that the amateur bodies at present existing would combine in a common council and thereby strengthen their chances of receiving favorable consideration of any matters that required amending or attention. Mr. Malone viewed with pleasure that the position of radio in Queensland, as signified by the large gathering at the reception, was on an equal footing with that of any other part of Australia. . . . ABOUT WIRELESS MEN. Mr. Malone has returned to Sydney, where he has many matters to attend to in the radio world. Mr. Con. Daley is still in charge of 4CM, and amateurs express their satisfaction at his good work. Mr. Walter Trattles will conduct the “Standard” wireless column for two weeks during the absence in Sydney of Reprah.” Mr. W. I. Monkhouse and Mr. Lawton were both interested in the matters discussed at Mr. Malone’s reception.[50]

1924 04[edit]

Monkhouse again appointed as a vicepresident of the QWI at the annual general meeting

Wireless Institute. The annual meeting of the Wireless Institute of Australia (Queensland section) was held on Friday, April 4. Following were elected as officers:— Patron, Prof. Hawken, B.Sc., M.E., M.I.E., Aust.; vicepatrons, Prof. Parnell, M.S.C., Dr. Boyd, D.Sc.; hon. members, J. McConochie, F. Walker, A.M.I.E.E., S. V. Colville, J. Sutton, M.I.E.E., C. W. Isles; president, A. G. Jackson, A.M.I.E.E., A.M.I.E., Aust.; vicepresidents, S. H. Smith, W. I. Monkhouse, A.M.I.E.E., A.M.I.E., Aust., A Langford-Ely, W. Ranger, B.Sc., A. K. Lawton; council, Messrs Casperson, Ingram, Dutton, Searle, J. Hindman, and A. A. Jackson, A.M.I.E., Aust.; hon. secretary, A. N. Stephens, hon. treasurer, J. Williams; hon. auditor, H. Maddicks. A meeting of the council will be held on Friday to consider the position of honorary radio inspectors and the appointment of a technical committee to approve of the qualifications of applicants for experimental licences. The appointment of delegates to the Federal Council was held over till after the meeting of metropolitan clubs called for Wednesday next. The financial statement was read and great enthusiasm was aroused by the passing for payment of the last amount due by the division. The whole of the debt owing when the present committee took charge has been wiped off, all current expenses being paid up to date, and the new officers to take over with a clean sheet. A vote of thanks was passed to Mr. A. N. Stephens for his work during the year, and special mention was made of the capable way in which he managed the reception to Mr. Malone. Although it was intended that the institute should play a minor part in this function, over 50 per cent of the tickets were sold by and to the institute members, and almost the whole of the actual work of organising the function was done by Mr. Stephens. The syllabus for the year will be published in next week’s paper. Some very fine practical demonstrations are promised which members are advised not to miss. The Victorian and South Australian Divisional Magazines were commented on, and when conditions in Queensland become more stable the advisability of publishing a Queensland paper will be considered. At the conference to be held on the question of sealed or open wave length receiving sets the southern divisions of the institute will represent the amateurs. Several members were present at the test on Tuesday night, and some interesting work was done. Subscriptions for 1924 are now due, and the secretary will appreciate the early remittance of these. Membership is open to any person interested in wireless work, and is not confined to licence holders. A series of lectures suitable for those desirous of qualifying for experimental licences will be given during the year. Membership applications can he obtained from any of the office bearers mentioned above.[51]

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1924 07[edit]

Monkhouse lectures to the QWI on Sound Waves

WIRELESS INSTITUTE. Lecture on Sound Waves. The monthly meeting was held at the club’s room, corner Edward and Ann streets. There was a large attendance of members. At the conclusion of the business, an interesting lecture was given by Mr. W. J. Monkhouse, M.I.E.E., on “Sound Waves.” A very clear description of wave motion and transverse waves led up to a summary of the requirements of a modern microphone transmitter. The importance of harmonics, which enable sounds of the same pitch made by different methods to be clearly separated by the human ear, was demonstrated. The speaker traced the various stages of the microphone, from the first invented by Professor Hughes to those in use at the present day. He further pointed out the enormous difficulties that had to be overcome to produce a single microphone that would respond to all frequencies, such as is necessary in a modern broadcasting station. [52]

1924 08[edit]

Monkhouse attends a general meeting of the QWI, seconds a vote of thanks to the lecturer Professor Parnell

WIRELESS INSTITUTE. The Wireless Institute of Australia (Queensland division) held its monthly meeting last evening at the Queensland University, when Professor Parnell (a vicepresident of the institute) gave an interesting lecture and demonstration on the “Principles of Tuning.” There was a large attendance of members and friends. Professor Parnell pointed out that most tuning operations could be reduced to two cases — first, the effect of inductance, and second, the effect of capacity. All circuits possessed inductance and resistance, and it was impossible to separate them, but it was convenient to consider their effect separately. When a circuit was in resonance the current was in phase with the voltage. The effect of this was, first, that with given voltage a larger current flowed than otherwise, and second, the voltage drop across parts of the circuit was comparatively large. By means of loud speakers the effect of tuning of circuits by alternations of values of capacity or inductance was clearly shown. Lantern slides illustrated an in-teresting lecture. A vote of thanks by the president, Mr. A. E. Jackson, was seconded by Colonel Thynne and Mr. Monkhouse.[53]

Monkhouse gives a lecture on Selection and Training of Apprentices to the Australian Institute of Engineers

SKILLED LABOUR. TRAINING THE BOYS. QUALIFICATIONS OF APPRENTICES. Interesting suggestions as to the best methods of training apprentices in various trades were advanced by Mr. Walter I. Monkhouse associate member of the Australian Institute of Engineers, in a paper read by him before the Brisbane division of the Society last night. There was a good attendance of members, and also several distinguished visitors, íncluding the President of the Arbitration Court (Mr. T. W. McCawley). The chair was taken by Mr. R. J. Chalmers (vicepresident). Mr. Monkhouse, at the outset, referred to the vital concern felt by engineers regarding the factors that had to be considered in the training of apprentices. Without suitable training and education it was impossible to produce skilled workmen, and without skilled workmen the best design in the world could not be reproduced to give the results it should. “The tendency of late,” continued Mr. Monkhouse, “has been to reduce the skilled man more and more to the level of the unskilled. This is one of the effects of the basic wage. Increases in that wage tend to reduce the margin that exists between the skilled workman and the unskilled.” Prospective recruits, he suggested, could well be taken over manufacturing works to be educated and interested in the various undertakings. SELECTION OF APPRENTICES. Dealing with selection of apprentices, the lecturer claimed that among the many important things that has to be considered were the attractiveness of a particular trade, and the wish of the candidate and of the parents. Not all of the recruits that were offering to the profession were suitable to be trained and it was really a question of whether or not the candidate possessed the essential characteristic traits. In America 7000 engineers were asked to state what they considered the most desirable qualities in candidates seeking employment in their works. The majority of the replies indicated the skill and knowledge in a vocation were of small importance as compared with personal qualities. Out of six groups of “qualities,” character was placed at the head of the list, with technique at the bottom. “Skill and knowledge,” continued Mr. Monkhouse, “can be acquired during the period of apprenticeship. What is required is the proper foundation upon which to build, and that is something which all the training in the world will never produce or make.” GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY. Dealing with the employment phase, Mr. Monkhouse said that only by increasing the number of lads in training were engineers going to increase the number of skilled workmen available in the future. If the training of the apprentice was what it should be, he should never be a source of earning power during his training. The training shops should be carefully selected perhaps subsidised by the Government, and should be kept up to a very high standard, in order to produce a skilful all-round workman. The education of the apprentice could best be undertaken by a skilled instructor, who should do the work explaining to the student the vari-ous stages, and showing him the results achieved by correct and incorrect procedures. This education was essentially the field of the technical colleges. These should be under the direction of technical men in preference to secondary teachers. What was required in the college was a demonstrating theatre, where the work could be carefully followed and noted by the students. The art of teaching mechanical subjects was not quite the same as that of teaching other subjects, as with technical work the student was actually working in the art. It was necessary also for a lad to realise the importance of civics and the best method of bringing about that realisation was by introducing during his term of apprenticeship a certain amount of education in civics.[54]

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1925[edit]

Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1925 Merthyr

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1925
  • Subdivision: Merthyr
  • Division: Brisbane
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 4040, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, Highgate, James st., Teneriffe, engineer, male[55]

Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1925 Merthyr (Second Print)

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1925
  • Subdivision: Merthyr
  • Division: Brisbane
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 4488, Monkhouse, Irene Olive, 71 Kent st., home duties, female
  • Entry: 4489, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, 71 Kent st., engineer, male[56]
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1925 03[edit]

Likely Monkhouse stays at Commercial Hotel, Rockhampton

SOCIAL NOTES. . . . Messrs. G. Hughes, T. Lynch, E. Leddy, W. J. Monkhouse, and M. T. Kelly arrived from the south yesterday and are staying at the Commercial Hotel.[57]

Monkhouse returns to Brisbane from Rockhampton

PERSONAL NEWS. . . . Messrs. W. I. Monkhouse, and T. Cutbush left for Brisbane yesterday. They have been staying at the Commercial Hotel.[58]

Monkhouse applies for a patent for fire-proof doors

INDUSTRIAL SECTION. PATENT APPLICATIONS. List of applications for letters patent received from February 12 to 18, 1925. . . . 21,870. W. I. Monkhouse. Fire-proof doors. [59]

1925 04[edit]

Monkhouse again elected as a vicepresident of the QWI

WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA (QUEENSLAND DIVISION). The annual general meeting was held in the rooms Courier Building, Queen-street, on April 3. There was a good attendance of members, and great enthusiasm was shown at the satisfactory state of affairs of the division. The annual report was read, and the financial statement showed a bank balance of approximately £40, and assets valued at £80. Two years ago the statement showed a debt of £60, and it speaks well for the management that such an improvement has been brought about. The election of officers for the ensuing year resulted:— Patron, Mr. J. S. Just, M.A.M., I.E.E., M.I.E.A., M.I.E.E.; vicepatrons, Prof. T. Parnell, M.A., Dr. Boyd, Mr. J. M’Conachie; past president, Mr. A. G. Jackson, A.M.I.E. (Aust.); president, Mr. A. K. Lawton; vicepresidents, Messrs. E. M. Gibson, T. Langford-Ely, W. Monkhouse, S. H. Smith, P. L. Trackson; hon. members, Messrs. S. V. Colville, C. W. Isles, J. Sutton, F. Walker, the Commonwealth Radio Inspector for Queensland, and the Manager of the State Radio Station; council, Messrs. R. W. Burt, C. H. Casperson, Chas. Danne, W. Ingram, A. A. Jackson, C. W. Stevenson; hon. organiser, Mr. A. N. Stephens; hon. secretary, Mr. T. H. Dutton; hon. treasurer, Mr. J. Williams; hon. auditor, Lieut.-Col. F. O’Donnell, V. D.; Laboratory or Experimental Committee, Messrs. W. G. Best, C. J. Brosnan, A. A. Jackson, J. Williams, and A. WiIson. Laudatory reference was made to the work of last years officers, especially Mr. A. N. Stephens, the late secretary. As practical appreciation of his efforts during the exhibits a cheque for £10 was handed to him by the past president. Mr. Stephens, in accepting the gift, stated that his work could not have been successful if he had not had the great help of the other officers of the division. A number of useful suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of the institute were made by those present, and the retiring president gave a short address on loud speaker working which was interesting and instructive. On the motion of Mr. Lawton (president-elect), a vote of thanks was accorded Mr. A. G. Jackson, who has been at the head of the institute during the whole of the strenuous times. A new edition of the rules is being prepared and will be distributed to all financial members very shortly. Included in this booklet will be the syllabus of lecturers and demonstrations arranged for the year. Membership application forms may be obtained from the hon. secretary, Mr. T. H. Dutton, care of Watson, Ferguson and Co., Queen-street Brisbane.[60]

1925 05[edit]

Monkhouse in Rockhampton for a few days for his employment

PERSONAL NEWS. . . . Mr. W. L. Monkhouse arrived from Brisbane yesterday afternoon, and he is at the Commercial Hotel.[61]

Monkhouse returns to Brisbane from Rockhampton

PERSONAL NEWS. . . . Messrs. W. J. Monkhouse and J. Klinger left for the south yesterday. They have been staying at the Commercial Hotel.[62]

1925 06[edit]

Monkhouse back in Rockhampton again for a few days

PERSONAL NEWS. . . . Messrs. W. J. Monkhouse, Klinger, G. Roberts, and J. C. Johnson arrived by the southern mail train yesterday afternoon and are staying at the Commercial Hotel.[63]

Monkhouse returns to Brisbane

PERSONAL NEWS. . . . Messrs. J. Sanderson and W. Monk-house, who have been staying at the Commercial Hotel, departed for the South yesterday.[64]

1925 07[edit]

QWI meeting notes future lecture by Monkhouse on “Inductance”

CLUB ACTIVITIES. . . . WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND DIVISION. The continued interference that is causing broadcast listeners so much annoyance seems to be getting worse, and so far the source has not been located. Members of the institute have been endeavouring to find some reason for the trouble, but so far have not been successful. Certain tests have been made and others are now being made. A considerable amount of information has been collected, but in a case like this the more data available the more assistance it will be. Any one who can give any log of times or periods of duration. or any special definite feature about this annoyance, will be assisting greatly if they will pass it on to Mr. Dutton, the hon. secretary, who will see that it goes to the right quarter. The trouble does not appear to be due to electric light mains, and must be sought elsewhere. A circular letter to all transmitting stations, received during the week, pointed out that it was intended to prosecute those who broadcast copyright musical works. The reading that is generally taken of this is that the intention is to try to prevent the use of gramophone records for amateur broadcasting. It is expected that combined action will be taken to strongly protest against this. Circumstances prevented the securing of the orchestra on Tuesday last. The visit is postponed till a later date. If the Government is not on the air before, an instrumental quartette will visit 4AE next Tuesday. The council will be pleased to welcome any one interested in the science of wireless telephony on any Wednesday evening or on monthly meeting nights (first Friday in the month). At the next monthly meeting on August 7 a lecture on “Inductance” will be given by Mr. W. J. Monkhouse, A.M.I.E.[65]

Monkhouse again in Rockhampton

SOCIAL NOTES. . . . Messrs. J. W. Smith, R. Wainwright, F. L. Funnie, J. W. Buchanan, I. Monkhouse, and C. Grant arrived from the south yesterday. They are staying at the Commercial Hotel.[66]

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QWI foreshadows a lecture on 6 November 1925 by Monkhouse on “Aerials in Theory and Practice”

CLUB ACTIVITIES. . . . WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND DIVISION. Considerable interest is being shown in the static tests, which are being conducted by the New South Wales division next month. Entries which closed today are very numerous, and it is hoped that some valuable data will be secured. It is proposed to conduct a similar test in Queensland, and members will be circularised to this effect. The next general meeting will be held on Friday night, November 6, at 8 o’clock, in the Courier Building. Mr. Monkhouse will give another of his interesting talks; this time the subject is “Aerials in Theory and Practice.” The Morse class is open every Friday evening, and members are urged to join. Regular lectures on the subject matter of the A.O.P. certificate will be given, in addition to code practice. On Wednesday evenings, the room will be open to members for receiving purposes. The shortwave pipe aerial, it is hoped, will be in position this weekend for low loss and shortwave enthusiasts. The council will meet next Wednesday, at the usual time.[67]

1925 11[edit]

Monkhouse agrees to postpone his lecture due to stormy weather and poor attendance at the meeting of the QWI

WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA (QUEENSLAND DIVISION). The monthly meeting of the Queensland Division was held on Friday night of last week in the rooms, Courier Building, Queen-street. Owing to the stormy conditions, the attendance was very small, and Mr. Monkhouse kindly consented lo give his lecture at the next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, December 4. This will be the last ordinary general meeting this year. . . .[68]

1925 12[edit]

Monkhouse to lecture at the next general meeting of the QWI

WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA, QUEENSLAND DIVISION. Particular notice of members is drawn to the fact that the December general meeting will be held tomorrow at 8 p.m., in the rooms when not only will there be an interesting lecture illustrated by experiments by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, A.M.I.E.E., but much interesting information will be given to members regarding the new Traffic Bureau which has been formed. On Wednesday next a test of the organisation will be made. As a test a message will originate at Federal Executive headquarters and be broadcast by 2WL [sic, 2WI]. Stations in the various States will forward the text to their respective Federal delegates who will be required to ascertain the views of those members of the State council who are available. A resume of the State division’s views on the test matter will be handed by the Federal delegate to the official operator who will pass it on to 2WL [sic, 2WI]. Ordinary traffic procedure will be followed and with the replies first come first served will be the order of the day. Will Queensland be the first to come back? If this test is successful a further test will be made the following Wednesday, conditions permitting when the American Radio Relay League will be asked to forward a message for Australian comment to be relayed through 2WL. An interesting relay was received through 4HR and 2HM during the week. Apparently the Brisbane transmitters now are neglecting 80 metres altogether. Further logs have been received of the Toowoomba trip, and the results are now being analysed by the committee. The membership continues to grow slowly but surely, and Mr. Dutton, the hon. secretary, will be pleased to give particulars to any one interested. The rooms are open on Wednesday evenings on the fifth floor, Courier Building.[69]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1926 Merthyr

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1926
  • Subdivision: Merthyr
  • Division: Brisbane
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 4538, Monkhouse, Irene Olive, 71 Kent st., home duties, female
  • Entry: 4539, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, 71 Kent st., engineer, male[70]
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Monkhouse, as chairman of the Electrical Workers Board, calls for nominations a replacement board member

“ELECTRICAL WORKERS’ ACT OF 1923.” NOMINATION OF CANDIDATE FOR VACANCY ON ELECTRICAL WORKERS’ BOARD. NOMINATIONS are called for one representative on the Board elected by the Electric Authorities of the State in the room of Mr. E. S. Cornwall, retired, and should reach the undersigned not later than 4th March, 1926. Every nomination form must be endorsed by at least three of the Electric Authorities. Any retiring member is eligible for re-election. If more than one nomination is received a secret Ballot shall be taken of the persons qualified to vote. Ballot papers will be issued and a Ballot shall be held, closing on the 12th April, 1926. W. I. MONKHOUSE, A.M.I.E.E. and A. Chairman of the Board. Department of Public Works. Brisbane, 8th February, 1926. 43 [71]

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Monkhouse applies for a patent relating to fire alarms

INDUSTRIAL SECTION. COMMONWEALTH APPLICATIONS. List of Applications for Letters Patent received from 25th March to 7th April, 1926. 1145. W. I. Monkhouse. Fire alarms.[72]

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Monkhouse appointed president of the QWI at its annual general meeting

RADIO TOPICS. CONDUCTED BY ‘”LISTENER.” . . . At the annual general meeting of the Queensland division of the Wireless Institute of Australia, the following office-bearers were elected for 1926-27: Patron, A. G. Jackson, A.I.E.E., A.M.I.E. (Aust.); vicepatrons, Professor T. Parnell; M.A.; Dr. Boyd, J. Christie (Deputy Postmaster-General); pastpresident, A. K. Lawton; president, W. Monkhouse, A.I.E.E., A.M.I.E. (Aust.); vicepresidents, C. H. Casperson, Chas. Dunn, E. M. Gibson, A. A. Jackson, J. C. Price, S. H. Smith, A. N. Stephens; hon. members, S. V. Colville, C. W. Isles, J. Sutton, F. Walker, the Commonwealth radio inspector for Queensland, the manager of State radio station; council, R. J. Browne, R. W. Burt, F. E. Poulis, F. V. Sharpe, H. J. Stephenson, C. W. Stephenson, J. Williams; hon. secretary, O. R. Chas. Runge; hon. treasurer, T. H. Dutton; hon. auditor, A. Hope-Jones.[73]

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Monkhouse gives a lecture on “Experimenters” at the radio and electrical exhibition from the 4QG temporary studio established there

RADIO TOPICS. BY “LISTENER.” The radio and electrical show at the Exhibition Hall contains a wealth of interest to the amateur and the listener-in. There will be seen all that is latest in factory-made receivers and components, and one notes with pride that the Australian-made article occupies pride of place in many instances. . . . Each evening during the exhibition, station 4QG is transmitting a programme from a broadcasting studio, which has been erected on the stage. This gives country visitors a good idea of how broadcasting is accomplished from the station, and what is more it provides good entertainment for those attending the exhibition. The Monday and Tuesday night programmes were much enjoyed, opening as they did with lecturettes appropriate to the occasion. On Monday night Mr. J. H. Broome (Siemens Proprietary, Limited) lectured on “Automatic Telephone Exchanges,” and last night Professor Parnell, of the Queensland University, dealt with “The development of electrical science.” Tonight, Mr. J. W. Robinson (director, Queensland Radio Service) will lecture on “Broadcasting”; tomorrow night Professor Hawkins (Queensland University) will speak on “Engineers and Engineering” and on Friday night Mr. W. I. Monkhouse (president, Queensland division, Wireless Institution) will lecture on “Experimenters.” [74]

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Monkhouse gives a lecture over 4QG about amateur radio, other presenters that week included John William Robinson and Frederick William Stevens

RADIO PROGRAMME. WEEK’S ARRANGEMENTS. DAILY.— 1 p.m. market and weather reports and “The Daily Mail” and “The Daily Standard” news items; 1.30 pm., lunch hour music by the Hotel Carlton orchestra; afternoon, “The Telegraph” news service; 3.30 p.m., music from the studio; every evening at 6.30, children’s sessions — stories, music, and nursery rhymes; 7 p.m., market reports by the Council of Agriculture and lecturettes on agricultural subjects; 7.20 p.m., news service, and stock exchange and shipping information; 9.15 p.m., weather information; 10 p.m., “The Daily Mail” news service. MONDAY.— 7.45 p.m., talk by the Queensland Preference League; 8 p.m., Federal Band and Anglo Quartette party. TUESDAY.— 7.45 p.m., lecture on amateur wireless by the president of the Queensland division, Wireless Institute of Australia (Mr. Monkhouse); 8 p.m., Blind Society concert, relayed from the Institute’s technical school. WEDNESDAY.— 7.45 p.m., lecture by Mr. J. W. Robinson, on “The Divine Spark”; 8 p.m., popular concert and Savoy orchestra; 9.45 p.m. Crystal Palace orchestra. THURSDAY.— 7.45 p.m., talk on books, by Mr. W. A. Braiden; 8 p.m., Gaiety orchestra, St. Joseph’s Church choir, radio voice contests, etc. FRIDAY.— 7.30 p.m., talk by the Workers’ Educational Association; 7.45 p.m., lecture “The Mercantile Marine in War Time,” by Mr. F. W. Stevens; 8 p.m., a “Nautical Night,” Federal Band; radio voice contests, Savoy orchestra; 9 p.m. weekend road information by the Royal Automobile Club. SATURDAY.— 2 p.m., Nambour Rural School fete relayed from Nambour; opened by the Minister for Public Instruction; presentation of the Lilley Medal; opening of the school wireless plant, and then a musical programme provided in the studio of 4QG, 3.30 p.m.; Seventh Day Adventist Church service, from Buranda; 7.45 p.m., cricket talk by Mr. Roger Hartigan; 8 p.m., violin concert from the studio of Mr. Luis Amadeo Pares, “The Hall of Muses,” “Sunday Mail” news service.[75]

George Augustine Taylor gives a lecture on the “Future of Radio” to a meeting of the WIA Qld, Monkhouse, as president, leading a vote of thanks at the conclusion

Future of Radio. Australian Experiments. Lecture by Captain G. A.Taylor. “Radio can be one of the greatest blessings of Australia, for today we are on the verge of the solution of what may seem the miraculous. We see in wireless almost limitless possibilities for human betterment.” So spoke Captain George A. Taylor, F.R.A.S., M.I.Ae.E., Assoc. I.E. (Aust.), F.R.G.S., in the course of a lecture entitled “Wireless — Today and Tomorrow,” delivered before members of the Wireless Institute of Australia (Queensland division) in the School of Arts last night. Wireless, or radio, said Captain Taylor, more than any other science ventures into the romantic. It has leapt into universal appreciation almost with the speed of a wireless wave. But in Australia it was not developing as well as it should. In Great Britain the number of licensed listeners equalled 1 in 19 of the population, whilst in Australia the proportion was 1 in 37. Yet wireless was more necessary to widespread Australia than to closely dwelt-on Britain. The fact was the Australian was not encouraged to take widest interest in the advantages of wireless. He was called upon to pay 17s. 6d. more for a license fee than was paid in England. Encouragement of radio research was most necessary in Australia to spread pleasure by means of broadcasting to distant country districts, and so make country living happier, and stop the drift to the capital cities. Australia called for the best encouragement of radio experimentation, because scientific research generally was on the verge of extraordinary development. A good deal already had been done in Australia, but Australian experimenters got little credit from the outside world for their discoveries. The lecturer referred to the early days of wireless in Australia, to the early nineties, when the Wireless Institute of Australia was founded by such pioneers as Wilkinson, Kirkby, W. H. Hannan, G. P. Bartholomew, E. T. Flsk, and Charles Maclurcan. He told of his own successful establishment of the first military wireless station in Australia in 1910. Speaking of wireless transmissions of photographs he dealt with the experimentation work of Wilkinson and himself, and of the inventions by Americans and old-world experimenters. He interestingly described the photoelectric cell system of Dr. Ranger, of America, and said that radio photography would rapidly come into general use as soon as the necessary apparatus was cheapened. Already it was being utilised in the broadcasting of weather charts to both land and ship stations. In the older part of the world picture transmission by wireless was becoming almost a daily occurrence, whilst transmission of power was getting beyond the experimental stage. Wireless was coming into recognition as a great factor in National development, by its speedy and wide-spread transmission of information. It was entering manny spheres of utility. Wider utilisation of radio drew attention to the necessity for the architect giving particular attention to the change it would make in archi-tectural design, particularly in the modern home. Houses must be designed with due regard to the wiring arrangements for the set, for built in aerials, and loudspeaker units, to enable listeners to plug in loud speakers In any part of the house. RADIO AND PEACE. The lecturer spoke of the value of radio in promoting peace among the nations. It provided the easiest and quickest way for men to keep in touch with one another, and personal touch could best prevent misunderstandings and strengthen national friendships, he suggested that in radio there was an item of power-possibility that could be developed to make any evil-thinking nation behave itself, because the war of tomorrow, he predicted, would be most mechanical. One could easily visualise it being carried out with an army of experts in wireless directing operations by schemes, as high above modern military methods as the latter were above the fighting methods of the aborigines, proof of this being the application of wireless waves to the control of aeroplanes and balloons. An interesting feature in that respect was the recently announced operation of an aeroplane solely by radio, the impulses being transmitted on various wavelengths that worked gyroscopes controlling the balance of the aeroplane as well as movements forward and to the right and left, an aeroplane so fitted at the Air Service laboratories at Dayton (U.S.A.) last June, making a trip of 90 miles without anyone aboard. In 1912 a young Australian, Alban Roberts, gave a demonstration of the control of a model balloon by wireless before a small party in the Lyceum Theatre, Sydney. For 14 years Roberts tried to get the British War Office to recognise the value of his achievement, and it had only been within the last few months that he had succeeded in doing so. Australian experimenters had led the world in certain respects, and their achievements furnished sufficient reasons why attention should be given to the development of wireless possibilities in this country. RADIO RESEARCH. “The first call of Australia to encourage Radio Research is for the appointment of a Royal Commission as advised by the recent Australian Commonwealth Radio Conference,” said Captain Taylor. “This commission should be called without delay as at the present time the authorities are studying broadcasting conditions, and are considering whether they should be on the British principle, where broadcasting is controlled by private enterprise and likely to be controlled by the Government, when the term of the present arrangements is nearly at an end in 1927. “In the encouragement of Radio Re-search in Australia, an interesting suggestion was placed before the recent Conference of the Wireless Institute of Australia by Professor Madsen, of the University of Sydney, who advocated that the Federal Government should, under the new system of scientific research, place a sum of money in the University of Sydney for establishing a radio research bureau. This point is a further reason why, before anything is done in the way of alteration of present conditions, a royal commission should be called on which all necessary authorities should be represented. Such commission to consider the aspects of radio development regarding radio for defence, entertainment, or educational purposes, for Government or private use, particularly as the State Governments of the Commonwealth at present are becoming very divergent regarding Federal or State control of radio whilst upon such commission there should be representation of the Commonwealth and State Governments, the Wireless Institute of Australia, the Institution of Engineers of Australia, the Association, for the Development of Wireless in Australia, the Universities of Australia. “This commission should be called without delay by the Commonwealth Government as thereby it would get most valuable advice. “Radio can be one of the greatest blessings of Australia, for today we are on the verge of the solving of what may seem the miraculous. We see in wireless almost limitless possibilities for human betterment. Apart from the transmission of news messages, drawings, photographs, coloured views and moving pictures, we are entering into a field of research that makes one feel as if standing on the verge of the miraculous. Experiments are at present in hand and developing with every possibility of success in playing changes of light on to the retina of the closed eye — that will mean when fully developed the possibility of helping those who are blind on account of the destroyed cornea to have vision given to them on their retina. Let us try to realise what that will mean, the widest spreading of the glories of the heavens and the earth to all and sundry, and when we note the rapid improvement in radio transmission with the remarkable possibilities of the Beam and other achievements, we must give a happy thought to those pioneers such as Maxwell, Bell, Lodge, Marconi, and other wonder workers who have made them possible, We feel today as if we were standing on the brink of a cliff overlooking an ocean of wonderful wisdom, that makes us yearn for practical assistance to survey the sea of possibilities. Practical assistance is not only desired from those funds, the Commonwealth Government may allot for scientific research, but a particular appeal is made to those who have the funds to help, and would readily do so if they knew the glory of radio research; for they would clearly understand that wireless is bringing us nearer the infinite than any other branch of science.” Captain Taylor illustrated his lecture with a number of excellent lantern slides, and by blackboard diagrams. On the motion of Mr. W. J. Monkhouse, M.I.E.E., A.M.I.E. (Aust.), president of the Wireless Institution (Queensland division), a hearty vote of thanks was accorded the lecturer.[76]

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Monkhouse, as president of the QWI gives a lecture about “Wireless” over 4QG

ON THE AIR. 4QG PROGRAMME. The following programme will be broadcast by 4QG on Friday, November 12 — Midday Session. 12.55 p.m.— Tune in. 12.58 p.m.— Time Signal. 1.0 p.m.— Market Reports; Weather information; “The Daily Mail” News; “The Daily Standard” News. 1.20 p.m.— From Hotel Carlton — Lunch Music from the Lounge, Hotel Carlton, played by Hotel Carlton Symphony Orchestra. 2.0 p.m.— Close Down. Afternoon Session. 3.30 p.m.— From Hotel Carlton — Afternoon Tea Music from the Lounge, Hotel Carlton, played by Hotel Carlton Symphony Orchestra. 4.15 p.m.— From the Studio — 4.15 p.m.— “The Telegraph” News. 4.30 p.m.— Close Down. Early Evening Session. 6.25 p.m.— Tune in. 6.30 p.m.— The Children’s Session — Stories by “The Sandman.” 7.0 p.m.— From the Council of Agriculture Studio — The Farmers’ Session. Market Reports. Lecturette — “Lessons from Rural Denmark” — Mr. J. F. Reid, Editor Queensland Agricultural Journal. “The Standard” News, Stock Exchange. 7.40 p.m.— Announcements. Night Session. 7.45 p.m.— Lecture Session — “Wireless,” by Mr. Monkhouse (President Wireless Institute of Australia, Queensland Division). The Studio Orchestra. 8.0 p.m.— Overture — “Aladdin ” (Rollinson), the Studio Orchestra (conductor, Mr. A. K. Featherstone); bass solo, “In the Great Unknown” (d’Hardelot), Mr. J. Watson; Hawaiian Instrumentalists, the Kulua Trio; monologue, “His Pipe” (Clarkc), Miss Eileen MCLennan; popular numbers — (a) one-step; “Peter Gink” (Cobb); (b) “Sahara ” (Nicholls) the Studio Orchestra; soprano solo, “The Prayer ” from “La Tosca” (Puccini), Miss Ivy Plane; cornet solo, “Banks of Allan Water” (Hartmann), Mr. W. H. Davis; valse “Woing of the Waves” (Braham), the Studio Orches-tra bass solo, “The Monarch of the Storm” (Mullen), Mr. J. Watson; Hawaiian Instrumentalists, the Kalua Trio; monologue, “The Kid” (Kilfoy), Miss Eileen McLellan; selection, “The Spring Chicken,” the Studio Orchestra; contralto solo, “Vale” (Russell), Miss Doris Keys; cornet solo, “Thora” (Adams), Mr. W. H. Davis. 9.10 p.m.— Weather information officially supplied by the Commonwealth Weather Bureau. Announcements. Weekend road information for motorists, officially supplied by the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland. . . . [77]

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Monkhouse, as president QWI gives a lecture on “Amateur Wireless” over 4QG

BROADCASTING. STATION 4QG. MIDDAY SESSION. 12.55 p.m.— Tune in. 12.58 p.m.— Time signal. 1 p.m.— Market reports, &c. . . . NIGHT SESSION. 7.45 p.m.— Lecture session, “Amateur Wireless,” by Mr. W. T. Monkhouse, president, Wireless Institute, Queensland Division,[78]

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Monkhouse, as president QWI gives a lecture about “Amateur Radio” over 4QG

4QG. TONIGHT’S PROGRAMME. 6.30 p.m.— News service supplied by “The Dally Standard.” 6.30 p.m.— The children’s session — stories by “The Sandman.” 7 p.m.— Market reports. Lecturette — “Prospects for the New Year Pig Market,” by Mr. E. J. Shelton, instructor in pig raising. 7.30 p.m.— Stock reports. Weather news. Announcements. 7.45 p.m.— Lecture session — “Amateur Wireless,” by Mr. W. T. Monkhouse (president, Wireless Institute of Australia, Queensland division).[79]

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Monkhouse as president of the QWI, gives evidence on amateur radio to the Royal Commission on wireless

Wireless Amateurs. Suggestions to Commission. Evidence in Brisbane. The Royal Commission on Wireless, composed of Mr. J. H. Hammond, K.C. (chairman), Sir James Elder, Mr. C. E. Crocker, and Mr. J. McMaster, continued the hearing of evidence this afternoon. . . . W. J. Monkhouse, assistant electrical engineer, Public Works Department, representing the “Wireless Institute of Australia (Queensland division), read a statement in the course of which he suggested that definite wavelengths be allocated for amateur work. He submitted that 10, 15 to 16½, 30 to 33, 60 to 66, and 100 to 200 metres would be satisfactory. With no definite wavelengths amateurs were left in an undesirable position. He was also of the opinion that the conditions under which the amateur transmitting license is granted should be amended to allow more personal data to be transmitted, provided that it only applied to the persons exchanging such messages. His association urged that provision should be made whereby amateur stations could be used in times of stress for the transmission of public messages, and also desired that isolated outback stations be allowed to make use of amateur stations to send messages of everyday value. Other suggestions offered were:— The placing of all parties using wireless under one controlling authority. That provision be made so that a power of more than 10 watts can be used continuously without the necessity for a periodical application for the right to use higher power. That if a board of research is founded amateur experimenters be represented. That amateurs be enrolled in sectional groups as has been done in America. Relay organisations would be built up in this way, and they would be extremely valuable in war time or in times of national stress. [80]

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Monkhouse lodges a patent application in respect of advertising signs

INDUSTRIAL SECTION. TRADE MARK APPLICATIONS. Any person interested in opposing the registration of any Mark appearing hereunder may lodge, at the Trade Marks Office, Melbourne, a Notice of Opposition, in duplicate, in the Form F, in the Third Schedule, Trade Marks Rules, 1913. Information concerning the closing date for the lodging of Notices of Opposition, etc., obtainable from, and all communications to be addressed to, the Registrar of Trade Marks, Department of Patents, 581-585 Bourke Street, Melbourne. On filing Notice of Opposition, a fee of £2 is payable in respect of each application opposed. . . . 8392. W. I. Monkhouse. Advertising signs.[81]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1928 Merthyr

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1928
  • Subdivision: Merthyr
  • Division: Brisbane
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 4640, Monkhouse, Irene Olive, 71 Kent st., home duties, female
  • Entry: 4641, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, 71 Kent st., engineer, male[82]
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Monkhouse appointed as a Government representative on the Electrical Workers Board

ELECTRICAL WORKERS. REPRESENTATION ON BOARD. A proclamation has been issued proclaiming Monday, April 2, as the day on which the Electrical Workers Act of 1927 shall come into operation. The following have been appointed members of the Electrical Workers Board: A. E. Hall and W. I. Monkhouse, representatives of the Government nominated by the Minister. E. S. Cornwall, representative elected by the Electric Authorities in the State. R. Silcock, representative nominated by the Fire Underwriters’ Association of Queensland. P. S. Trackson, representative elected by the employers in the electrlcal industry in the State. S. J. Bryan and A. M. Bowman, representatives elected by the certificated employees in the electrical industry in the State. S. Wood and D. C. Thomson, representatives nominated by the Queensland branch of the Electrical Trades Union of Australia. Mr. A. E. Hall is to be chairman of the board. [83]

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Monkhouse attends annual dance of the Department of Public Works

Staff Dance. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS. On Saturday night the staff of the Department of Public Works held a successful dance in aid of the Queensland Cancer Campaign fund. Smellie’s Buildings, which were used for the dance, presented a gay appearance. The dancing hall was decorated with myriads of softly veiled lights glowed from a canopy of greenery and trails of wisteria blooms. Garlands of roses were suspended overhead and large flags of all nations lined the walls. Palm fronds tied with festoons of scarlet paper were set about the hall and the staircase was decorated with greenery and streamers. The committee responsible consisted of Miss P. Hansen and Mr. L. Weston (joint secretaries), Misses J. Joyce, V. Schneider, K. Carberry, M. Nelson, Messrs. J. Bambach, R. Gladwyn. Those present included the Minister for Public Works (Mr. M. J. Kirwan) and Mrs. Kirwan, the Under Secretary for Public Works (Mr. A. H. Smith) and Mrs. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Bell, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Grier, Mr. and Mrs. C. Trail, Mr. and Mrs. L. O’Connor, Messrs. W. I. Monkhouse, C. D. Hogan, and Ludwig, Mrs. J. J. Roberts, Misses K. and E. Hynes, K. Gorban, B. Cameron, E. McGinley. Misses K. and V. Caulfield, K. Fisher, R. Bagley, Thelma Buchan, May Fisher, Grace Jenkins, P. Hansen, J. Joyce, D. and C. Hansen, V. Schneider, J. Torrance, W. and M. McGuffie, F. Parker, F. Currie, H. Mackay, J. Cameron, Sybil Green, Ruth McNab, P. Scott, E. Smith, Mary Joyce, T. Brunckhurst, V. Spillbeck, D. and F. Bateman, O. Hoy, K. Gray, M. O’Connor, M. Williams, T. Knudsen, M. O’SulIivan, K. Ferris, B. Kiely, K. O’Brien, Iris Allen, Linda Buchanan, G. Burrows, Nancy Warren, P. Singer, Ida Walker, Moira Bodkin, P. and T. Richardson, W. and R. Skyring, D. Lapraik, A. Flynn, Amy Mulbett, Nell Flynn, G. Nisbet, Nancy Flynn, Gladys McKenna, Nancy Bredhouer, T. Hourigan, M. O’Brien, D. and E. Dunleagh, V. and E. Salisbury, Eleanor and Etta Dunne, Melda and Mona Dwyer. Messrs. W. T. Johnson, R. McCabe, A. A. Meadmore, J. M. Watson, E. Scott, L. Currie, C. Colenso, F. G. MacMinn, C. Bateman, J. Miller, C. Johnstone, E. Carter, W. E. Mills, Knight, M. W. Connors, J. Pope, R. Healy, R. McCabe, H. W. Johns, W. Morgan, A. Eshbourne, A. Hull, H. E. Thomas, P. Hoare, R. Dunsmore, E. Bulger, I. Duffy, E. McGillivray, M. Bleaney, L. Doherty, G. Gilfoyle, E. Whitmee, J. Daly, E. A. Richardson, F. C. Narborough, I. and L. Soden, W. Webb, R. M. Graham, J. D. Craig, F. C. Brady, N. Kelly, J. M. Donnellan, S. A. Trout, R. Blower, J. Hughes, A. Moorhead, B. Marquis, J. Craig, E. R. Sweetman, N. Noon, W. N. Preston, N. S. Harvey, C. R. Bearpark, K. McGrath, M. Murphy, S. Parkinson, P. Jackson, P. Dowd, A. Anderson, V. Boyan, J. Mennis, E. Leach, E. Mulberg, B. England, C. Morton, A. Gleaspen, F. and J. Reville, P. Laugher, J. Carberry, M. J. Trotter, J. C. Morrisby, H. Gillies, T. Rasey, J. Corkin, V. Tynan, T. Casey, C. Flynn, R. Abdy, M. Cahill, J. Murphy, A. J. Cooper, C. J. Baird, J. W. Calcott, V. J. O’Brien, N. T. Wood, D. J. Cameron, I. Schmenke, J. C. Marshall, L. Arnell, A. Braddy, J. Donnelly, J. Morris, F. J. Foley, A. J. Wright, V. Leadbeater, J. J. Roberts, W. Gladwin, H. Healy, and V. Viertel. Supper was served on the floor above the dance hall. The tables were beautified by vases of pink peach blossoms and sweetpeas, set amidst swathes of pink and scarlet tulle.[84]

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Monkhouse an invited guest of the traders at a Christmas Lunch for the Queensland Electrical Federation

CHRISTMAS LUNCH. ELECTRICAL FEDERATION. HOPES FOR ANNUAL FUNCTION. Hoping that the function would be a yearly one, the members of the Queensland Electrical Federation held a Christmas luncheon at Lennon’s Hotel yesterday. A lengthy list of city firms was represented, and the gathering included many guests of the federation, and the traders comprised in it. After the health of his Majesty the King had been drunk in silence, the chairman and vicepresident of the association (Mr. R. F. Galloway) proposed “Our Guests.” The president (Mr J. B. Chandler), he said, was absent in the South, but a wire had been received from him wishing the gathering every success. Mr. Galloway said that he hoped the function would be held every year. The idea behind gatherings of the sort was a happy one, as it gave members of the federation an opportunity to meet in a festive season of the year to settle up any scores. (Laughter.) On behalf of the federation, he wished all present the compliments of the season. Mr. H. D. Lee, who amused the gathering with foreign estimates of the Commonwealth, gleaned during a recent trip abroad, supported the toast. In the unavoidable absence of the Mayor (Mr. W. A. Jolly, C.M.G.), the Deputy Director of Posts and Telegraphs (Mr. A. J. Christie) responded. He said that today electrical science was invading every sphere of life. He spoke of the great advance being made in Queensland with the installation of automatic exchanges. They were completing a £300,000 job in Brisbane, and in Queensland in the last 18 months £500,000 had been spent on the work. One would soon be installed at Cairns. He wished the federation success and prosperity. Mr. J. H. Hindman, of the City Council’s Electricity Supply Department, spoke in support. The list of firms represented was: Electric Construction Co. of Australia, Ltd., Waygood Otis (Australia) Pty., Ltd., Edison Swan Electrical Co., Ltd., Engineering Supply Co. of Australia, Ltd., Lawrence and Hanson Electrical Co., Ltd., Noyes Bros. (Sydney) Ltd., W. E. Peterman, Trackson Bros., Ltd., Siemens (Australia) Pty., Ltd., W. T. Henley’s Telegraph Works Co., Ltd., Evans, Deakin, and Co., Ltd., Warburton, Franki (Brisbane), Ltd., J. B. Chandler and Co., W. G. Watson and Co., Ltd., V. J. Griffiths, Australian General Electric Co., Ltd., William Adams and Co., Ltd., F. Broad and Son, Jas. Campbell and Sons, Ltd., Synchronome Electrical Co. of Australia, Ltd., L. B. Thayer-Wood, Queensland Machinery Co., Ltd. The guests of the federation were: Messrs. J. S. Just, J. H. Hindman, G. R. Steer, W. Arundell, J. J. Grier, J. E. Plumridge, J. W. Robinson, A. J. Christie, and Dr. Boyd. The traders’ guests were: Messrs. H. W. Hardie, W. I. Monkhouse, A. D. Henry, J. Macpherson, F. Trackson, W. B. Journeaux, C. H. Willey, H. Eklund, F. W. Sabine.[85]

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Monkhouse part of the QWI executive attempting to resist the inevitable takeover of the Wireless Institute name in Queensland by the progressive Australian Radio Transmitters’ League

Amateur Bodies. Proposed Amalgamation. Wireless Institute Views. In last Wednesday’s radio notes there appeared a special article in which Major Leo J. Feenaghty (Federal secretary of the Australian Radio Transmitters’ League) referred to a proposal for the amalgamation of the league with the Wireless Institute of Australia. Major Feenaghty stated that as a result of a conference which was held in Melbourne towards the end of last year, a satisfactory scheme for amalgamation was drawn up, and that so far as Queensland is concerned, the result will be that the A.R.T.L. will take control of the A.R.T.L. — W.I.A. combine, under the name of the Wireless Institute of Australia (Queensland division). Since, the article appeared Mr. A. A. Jackson (hon. secretary of the Wireless Institute of Australia (Queensland section) has written to the Editor of “The Telegraph” as follows:— The attention of the council of the Queensland Division of the Wireless Institute has been drawn to certain statements made over the signature of L. J. Feenaghty, hon. sec. Q.R.T.L., in reference to the amalgamation of that league with the W.I.A., in which he states that the Q.R.T.L. will take charge of arrangements and that all inquiries should be addressed to him. These statements are incorrect. In order to make the position clear the Queensland Council of the W.I.A. state: 1. That all communications to the Wireless Institute should be addressed to the official address, Box 689, G.P.O., Brisbane. 2. That Mr. Feenaghty is not a member of the W.I.A. and therefore has no official standing in any matters relating thereto in this State. 3. That a circular is being sent to all members of the Queensland division, a copy of which is attached, so that all country members may express their opinion on the proposal. 4. That Instead of so much newspaper propaganda that all members of the Q.R.T.L. may immediately become members of the W.I.A. by the obvious method of paying their fees and then, if of sufficient numbers, electing their own officers. 5. That the Queensland division has the right to self-government, and that the Federal Council has no other right than to suggest that certain action be taken. The State Council is not bound in any action that the Federal Council may have taken without their consent. The proposed amalgamation will be discussed at a general meeting to be held after all members have expressed their opinion on the matter. The circular letter referred to reads as follows:— Dear Member,— The attached is a copy of the deliberation between the Q.R.T.L. and the Wireless Institute, and as you are vitally concerned the council of the Queensland division, before any action is taken, would like an expression of opinion from the various members as to the following points:— 1. Are you agreeable to the proposed amalgamation? 2. Does the proposal to hand over the assets of the Queensland division meet with your approval? 3. What are your suggestions in reference to the disposal of funds? 4. Does the proposed method of government meet with your approval? The council desire to inform members that the whole of the negotiations were carried out without the council being in any way officially advised that proposals to amalgamate were to be put in hand, although the president and secretary attended a meeting of the Q.R.T.L. just on two years ago with a proposal for their members to join up. The grave lack of courtesy of the Federal council in not keeping the Queensland council advised is to be regretted, and the members of the council draw attention to this fact so that members will understand why they were not informed earlier of the trend of events, The letter was signed on behalf of the council by W. I. Monkhouse (president) and A. A. Jackson (hon. secretary).[86]

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Monkhouse involved in discussions during lecture by E. E. Sharpe at meeting of Brisbane Division of the Institution of Engineers, Australia

ADDRESS ON ELECTRICITY. An address of interest to users of electricity as well as to engineers was delivered on Wednesday evening before the Brisbane Division of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, by Mr. E. E. Sharpe, A.M.I.E.E., F.B.H.I., a director of Messrs. Venner Time Switches Limited, London, who is now on a visit to Australia. Mr. Sharpe drew attention to the electrical development in England and the operation of the Electric Supply Act on the cost and added value of the service to the consumer. The lecturer stressed the point of economy to be gained by reducing the power stations in Great Britain to 17. This economy was not only gained by the difference between the works costs of the various undertakings, but chiefly the saving in capital charge on installed plant. He stressed the fact that because the demand was not made in each area exactly at the same time, peak demand could be met by interconnected stations, and to this should be added the saving in emergency and standby plant. In dealing with the cost of electricity the lecturer stated that he was not in favor of a maximum demand tariff because maximum demands which did not represent increase in loading to the supply authority must be charged for, even when they occurred at the time of peak loading. He stated that the ideal charge was one which covers the cost of giving the maximum demand over set hours of the day and cheaper rates at other times. This could be done in many ways but is chiefly carried out by a meter with two dials and/or a clock switch which connected one set of meter dials during stated hours and another set during the balance of the 24 hours. A lengthy discussion by Messrs. W. M. L’Estrange, J. J. Grier, W. Arundell, A. E. Axon, B. S. Goadby, W. I. Monkhouse, C. E. Parkinson, and the chairman, Mr. J. S. Just, followed, and many interesting points were raised, especially those dealing with the psychological effect on the public of scientifically correct tariffs which, because they were involved, were not usually understood. After the lecturer had replied to the various points raised during the discussion the meeting closed with a hearty vote of thanks to Mr. Sharpe.[87]

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Monkhouse gives evidence to Commonwealth Public Service arbitrator in respect of wages for telephonic mechanics

MORE COMPLICATED. DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEPHONIC WORK. INSTRUCTOR’S VIEWS. “My impression regarding the development in telephonic work In recent years is that generally it is more complicated, due to increased facilities, and that the maintenance involved more extensive knowledge.” This statement was made by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, A.M.I.E., assistant electrical engineer of the Public Works Department, and Queensland examiner for electrical mechanics, when giving evidence yesterday to the Commonwealth Public Service Arbitrator (Mr. Atlee Hunt), who resumed the hearing of an application made by the Australian Postal Electricians’ Union for the variation of the award in the matter of salaries to postal and telephonic mechanics. Mr. E. F. Meier and Mr. W. Settle appeared for the union, Mr. G. P. N. Watt, for the Commonwealth Public Service Board, Mr. E. Dowse for the Postmaster-General. Mr. R. G. Ramsay was present as secretary to Mr. Hunt. Mr. Monkhouse further said that the telephonic mechanic must have higher capabilities than the telegraphic mechanic. The telephonic mechanic must have a greater specialising knowledge of telephone work. He would not rate telephonic mechanics lower than electrical fitters. There was a distinct line of demarcation between the telephonic and telegraphic mechanic. Australians Superior. Frank E. Mason, senior mechanic at Nundah automatic exchange, a satellite of the Albion exchange, said he had had training in telephonic and telegraphic work in England after the war, and his impression gained was that the Australian mechanic was far superior in specialised work than the English trainee. Nundah was a one-man station, and for that reason, he thought, he required a greater working knowledge and capabilities than a mechanic stationed at South Brisbane Station, where there was more than one employee. Instructor’s Evidence. Norman G. Mills, instructor of electrical subjects at the Central Technical College, said he was formerly in the postal service. Witness thought that the work done by the telephone mechanic was much more complicated than that of mechanics outside the department. He had instructed mechanics, and at the Technical College he found it necessary to set aside a special class by telephonic mechanics. He kept abreast of the times and developments in the service by continually visiting the exchanges in his spare time. Witness said he had left the department in 1920, and he would truthfully say that the improvements in the service had doubled since that time. Greater development had taken place from 1924 and the department required a higher standard today. Up to 1928 the College training course for mechanics had been set down for three years, but had since been increased to five years. Continued Study Needed. T. J. Goggins, foreman, installation, branch, stated that he had held his present position for 12 years, and had had charge of 60 mechanics at the one time. Witness based his claim for an increased salary from £432 plus £6, to £546 for a grade 2 mechanic on the grounds that the position be held at present called on more complicated work, and that with the additional and new apparatus that had been, or was being installed, he needed continual study to keep abreast with the new facilities and circuits. His work was more important than the work of an exchange foreman on maintenance work, as that class of foreman had only to know his own exchange, whereas witness had to know the working of all the exchanges in the metropolitan areas. Two applicants for increased wages, Mr. E. Farrell, senior mechanic, of the telephonic workshop, and J. E. Joseph, senior mechanic in charge of light and power, gave evidence. Both considered that the class of work they performed called for a great deal of supervision, and was more complicated since the new installation of new apparatus.They had also to consider the financial aspect of the workshop. Another applicant was J. T. Swan, foreman of a section of the installation staff, who said that he supervised 10 mechanics. W. C. E. Robins, a senior mechanic, said that more precision was required by mechanics in repairs since the installation of the new automatic installation. Witness said that he had been instrumental in improvements in the Murray Multiplex telephonic system, and had been awarded a bonus by the department. Witness said that he got 9s 7d overtime work of two hours on Sundays. It was one of his duties to do points once in three Sundays. The inquiry was adjourned until to-morrow morning.[88]

Monkhouse, as assistannt electrical engineer for Public Works Dept, gives evidence at inquiry into three cases of electrocution

Death by Electrocution. Evidence at Inquiry. Methods of Resuscitation. The inquiry into the three electrocution tragedies which occurred in Brisbane in March was continued in the Magisterial Inquiry Court this morning before Mr. A. Staines, Justice of the Peace. Leslie Payne, 31, an employee of Tristram’s Ltd., of 77 Grey Street, South Brisbane, was using an electric hand drill attached to a flexible cord connected to an electric pilot lamp point in a laneway adjoining Tristram’s premises on March 26. He was electrocuted. When using a portable electric grinding machine connected to an electric current over a bench at Binnie’s Engineering Works (Evans, Deakin, and Co., Ltd.), at Montague Road, West End, on March 26. Clarence A. Shaw, 25, received an electric shock from which he died. Leonard Francis Winter was electrocuted on March 25 when at work under a house at Kirkland Avenue, Coorparoo. He was using an electric light lead and was repairing a motor car. Sergeant S. Warner examined the witnesses. Mr. J. J. Grier (Chief Government Electrical Engineer) and Mr. W. I. Monkhouse represented the State Department of Public Works. Mr. R. Silcock appeared for the Fire and Accident Underwriters’ Association, Mr. C. W. Francis (Messrs. Thynne and Macartney) for the City Electric Light Co., Mr. S. J. Bryan for the Electrical Trades Union, and Mr. J. Willis for Evans, Deakin, and Co., Ltd. Walter Isaac Monkhouse, assistant electrical engineer attached to the Public Works Department, said that he made a test on the electric drill used by Payne, and it disclosed an earth. Otherwise the winding was making contact with the frame of the machine. A failure of the insulation of the wiring would cause that defect, which would result in an electric shock to anyone using the machine, providing he was in contact with the earth. With regard to the Sylvester and Schafer methods of resuscitation, witness said that the Sylvester method, although giving good results as regards artificial respiration, did not produce the necessary massage effect from the heart and lungs, to bring the heart into action after an electric shock. Witness tendered a copy of an article which set out that 86 per cent of cases of electric shock, recovered successfully through artificial respiration if it was applied promptly, and continued over a period of time. In one case, it was reported, three and a-half hours elapsed before the patient revived. Witness said that in the case of Payne, it would appear that the half-hour treatment was not quite long enough. Questioned by Mr. Bryan in regard to the electric installation, witness said that he considered that periodical inspections of installation should take place. The importance of this fact was recognised in other countries, New Zealand having passed a regulation concerning the matter. The Victorian Commission were also considering regulations on a similar line. In connection with the death of Clarence A. Shaw, Joseph Charles Williams, ambulance bearer, said that about 1.22 p.m. on March 26 he attended Shaw at Binnie’s foundry. Shaw was lying on his back on the damp floor. Witness was informed that he had been electrocuted. Fellow employees of Shaw were applying the Sylvester method of resuscitation, but witness changed to the Schafer method, considering it better in the case of electrocution. He continued until Dr. Haynes arrived and examined the patient. Later, after another examination, the doctor pronounced life extinct, stating that further efforts were useless. To Mr. Monkhouse, witness said that if the doctor had not been in attendance they would have continued the Schafer method for a good deal longer. Proceeding.[89]

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Death by Electrocution. Magisterial Inquiry. Evidence of Medical Officer. That the heart may still be pumping slightly and yet could not be detected by a stethoscope is the opinion expressed yesterday by Dd. G. W. Macartney, Acting Government Medical Officer, before Mr. A. Staines, Justice of the Peace, who continued the magisterial inquiry into the three electrocution tragedies which occurred in Brisbane in March. The victims were Leslie Payne, 31, an employee of Tristram’s, Ltd., of 77 Grey Street, South Brisbane; Clarence A. Shaw, 25, an employee at Binnie’s Engineering Works (Evans, Deakin and Co., Ltd.), at Montague Road, West End; and Leonard Francis Winter, who was electrocuted when repairing a motor car under a house in Kirkland Avenue, Coorparoo. Sergeant S. Warner examined the witnesses, Mr. J. J. Grier (Chief Government Electrical Engineer) and Mr. W. I. Monkhouse represented the State Department of Public Works, Mr. R. Silcock appeared for the Fire and Accident Underwriters’ Association, Mr. C. W. Francis (Messrs. Thynne and Macartney) for the City Electric Light Co., Mr. S. J. Bryan for the Electrical Trades Union, and Mr. J. Willis for Evans, Deakin, and Co., Ltd. Dr. Macartney said that on March 25 he held a postmortem examination of the body of Clarence Shaw. He noticed abrasions on the fingers of the right hand, and the inner-side of both elbows and over the right eye. There was no indication of bums on the hands. The heart contained fluid blood, and it was in healthy condition. The lungs also contained a considerable quantity of fluid blood, and there was a nodule in the apex of the left lung, which was probably tubercular, but otherwise healthy. The skull was normal, but there was a slight congestion of the brain. All of these peculiarities were general in instances of electrocution. Although burns were not discovered, he was of the opinion that death was caused by eleotrocution. The abrasion over the right eye was only slight, and could not have caused death. Witness said that the Schafer method was generally recommended in cases of resuscitation, and should be continued up to four hours. He knew of cases where persons had been resuscitated after three and a half hours. If it had been established that the heart had stopped beating, resuscitation efforts were useless, but unless a person was convinced they should be continued. He thought that artificial respiration should have been carried out longer than 35 minutes. An injection of strychnine or camphor oil was generally administered. Ambulance bearers should regard the Schafer method of resuscitation as the better for electrocution. In answer to Mr. Willis, witness said that a person could cry out and throw up his hands, even though under the power of electrocution. There were cases where fellow workmen had effected a man’s recovery after his death had been pronounced by a doctor. Walter Isaac Monkhouse, assistant electrical engineer attached to the State Public Works Department, said that he was unable to examine the machine that the deceased was using, because it had been dismantled. In view of the fact that the tests disclosed no contact of the wiring with the frame, it seemed probable to witness that the shock which caused death might have been the result of a small piece of wire leading to the brush, which was previously said to be loose, making contact with the frame of the case. In reply to Mr. Bryan, witness said that the machine seemed to him to be in very good order, and no defect in workmanship was detected. There was no earthing device, but if there had been it would have prevented Shaw from receiving a shock. At the request of the police the inquiry into Shaw’s death was adjourned until a date to be fixed. WINTER’S DEATH. Joseph Alfred Winter said that his son was not insured. He enjoyed exceptionally good health. His son left the breakfast room about 7.30 p.m. and said that he was going under the house to do a job to his motor car which was standing under the house near moist ground. His son was not wearing boots. The electric lights flickered after he went downstairs. Witness went to his factory about 8 o’clock but did not look under the house. He returned after a few minutes and saw his son lying between the car and a lattice frame. He was holding a portable lamp in his left hand. The lead was burning. Continuing his evidence, Joseph Alfred Winter said that a death certificate, giving cause as electric shock and acute heart failure, had been furnished. Witness noticed that his son had a burn in the palm of the hand, and that the bone on the back of the fingers of the left hand was also burnt. Cecilia Agatha Eileen Winter, sister of Francis Winter, said that on March 25, her brother went downstairs about 7.30 p.m., to attend to something in connection with his motor car. Her brother was in the habit of using an electric bulb attached to a lead. On this occasion Winter attached the lead to a light point in the kitchen. Witness heard her mother warn her brother to be careful, as the light was not in good order. Suddenly witness heard someone call out. Continuing her evidence, witness said that after she heard someone call she went to go down the stairs. When halfway down she saw a light burning near the motor car. She then went upstairs again. Later witness heard a fall, and met her father, who cried, “Leu is dead.” Constable M. J. Nolan said that about 8.35 p.m. on March 25 he proceeded to Winter’s residence, where he saw Winter lying on the ground. His left hand was burnt on the palm and fingers. There was also a mark on the side of the head. Witness heard that Winter had been electrocuted, and was satisfied that the occurrence was purely accidental. The inquiry was closed.[90]

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Monkhouse agian staying at Rockhampton

PERSONAL. . . . Southern visitors staying at the Commercial Hotel include Mr. and Mrs. J. Stopford, Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin, Messrs. H. E. Twamley, J. Walden, S. Cameron, W. I. Monkhouse, F. G. Foy, and W. McKean.[91]

Monkhouse leaves Rockhampton for Mackay

PERSONAL. . . . Visitors who have been staying at the Commercial Hotel and went to Mackay yesterday include Messrs. W. J. Monkhouse and C. M. Williams.[92]

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Monkhouse comments on a recent resucitation case

Resuscitation. Cudgen Creek Case Recalled. Doctors Declare It a Record. Reginald Ernest Daniels, an eight years old Brisbane boy, may become famous as the result of the accident which occurred at Cudgen Creek, near Murwillumbah on December 26. After having fallen into the water and been submerged for half an hour, he was resuscitated. Prominent medical authorities in Brisbane declare that nowhere in their medical journals, or in their experience, can they find a parallel. “It appears to be easily a record,” said one. INJECTION OF DRUG. A British Medical Association official said that the case was very interesting, as he could not find in his records a case in which a body which had been resuscitated had been immersed for more than ten minutes outside. “It appears to be easily a record,” he declared. “The great factor in the bringing of life into the body is the injection of a drug called andrenalin into the heart. It is no new idea as it was discovered years ago and is used extensively when patients under anaesthetic fail to stand the ordeal. An injection into the heart itself immediately has a stimulating effect. If the heart has stopped its action all the resuscitation methods in the world will not restore life.” “Then you think,” he was asked, “that an injection of andrenalin would in many cases effect a save, when resuscitation methods alone had failed?” “I certainly do,” he replied. “Andrenalln will set the heart going when it is just on the point of coming to a standstill. I feel sure that if every drowning person was treated with it immediately he was taken from the water, provided of course that the immersion had not been too long the task of the men adopting resuscitation methods would be greatly lightened.” He declared that too much attention could not be given to resuscitation methods. It was a pity that the general public could not be more conversant with them. THE SCHAFER METHOD. Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, an officer of the Public Works Department, who has made a special study of resuscitation in all its phases, said that the case was unusual. He had taken most interest in resuscitation after electric shock. It was not generally known that a man struck down by coming into contact with an electric current could be revived. Very exhaustive experiments had been carried out in America in this direction, and it was now generally recognised that the best was the Schafer method, in which the patient was placed stomach downwards, and pressure applied in a rhythmic way to the back so that the lungs were deflated and inflated and at the same time the heart massaged. “By this method,” he said, “patients have been restored after four hours of continuous effort. I really think that lives are lost occasionally by the failure to continue resuscitation methods long enough. Nor do X think that even medical authorities are fully seized with the importance of continuing this treatment when life is apparently extinct. After 15 or 30 minutes of fruitless effort the patient is given up for dead, whereas if it had been continued life would have been restored.” VALUE OF PLACARDS. Six months ago Mr. Monkhouse gave evidence on this question in the Inquiry Court. Since that time, he said, his department had drawn up placards on which the methods were outlined. These placards had been widely distributed. It was more than a coincidence, he thought, that although accidents had occurred through electric shock none had proved fatal. It would seem, that the putting into practice of this method was having good results. His department was willing to supply anyone with these placards.[93]

Monkhouse responds to criticism of the Public Works Department recommended resucitation method, in a measured, thoughtful and professional manner

Resuscitation. Which is the Best Method? To the Editor of “The Telegraph.” Sir,— I have read with considerable interest the comments of medical men and others regarding the recent resuscitation of a boy at Cudgen Headland published in “The Telegraph” on Friday last. It may be stated that the time the boy was submerged before being recovered from the water could not be fixed with accuracy hence half an hour can be taken as approximate only. Although it is stated that medical journals do not record any case of resuscitation after immersion for a greater period than 10 minutes there are on record two instances of resuscitation after the patients had been submerged for 30 minutes. I have particulars of these cases pigeon-holed but at the moment am unable to locate them. It is pleasing to have the assurance of Mr. W. Monkhouse that the placards issued by the Public Works Department are proving effective but I can assure him that the methods practised in the successful case at Cudgen Headland were not the methods set out on the placards issued by his department, nor are the methods recommended by the department these of any recognised life saving organisation in Australia. Mr. Monkhouse remarks that it is generally recognised that the Schafer method is the best in existence, which I heartily endorse, but if Mr. Monkhouse has made a special study of resuscitation he must know that the methods outlined and illustrated on the Public Works placards are not the methods of Professor Sir E. Sharpley Schafer, F.R.S., as devised by him in 1907 and improved at a much more recent date. Furthermore, any person practising the methods as outlined by the Public Works Department would not be granted a certificate of competency by any recognised life saving organisation in Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia. I cannot make any definite statement regarding America but in view of the fact that the Schafer method is in operation in that continent I feel certain that the Royal Lite Saving Society would not depart from the method included in the Society’s handbook. Why the department decided to adopt a method — which is described on the placard as the prone method — from some American source, when thousands of competent instructors of the Schafer method are available in Australia, is difficult to understand, the Australian system having the backing of the best medical brains in the Commonwealth. I do not say that the method illustrated by the department is not effective, but I have no hesitation in saying that the placing of the hands cannot possibly achieve the same success — particularly in the case of amateur operators — as does the correct Schafer method. One minute’s operating under the system advocated on the placards will convince any person with any knowledge of resuscitation of the difficulty of retaining position and continuity, both essential in successful operating. Figure 3 on the placard issued by the department shows the operator lifting his hands clear of the patient’s body, which is a direct contravention of the very definite instructions issued by Professor Schafer, namely, “the operator will swing backward, releasing all pressure, but without lifting his hands from the patient’s body.” The lifting of the hands is a reversion to the system invented by the late Dr. Howard, of the New York Life Saving Association, and generally practised by the Humane Societies and Lifeboat Institutions in the United States of America. This system was never in general use in Great Britain and the Continent, and was considered by experts to possess an element of danger if practised by unskilled persons. This method was discarded as far as general use is concerned at least 20 years back, but is evidently retained to some extent in America, and is now passed on to the Public Works Department. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that as far as life saving work is concerned Australia is well ahead of America, and our very efficient organisations are at the disposal of the Public Works Department at any time. As a matter of fact members of the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia, and I believe, the Queensland head centre of the Royal Life Saving Society also, offered their services in giving instruction in the correct methods of resuscitation in metropolitan factories, &c. As an instructor and examiner of long standing I regret that a Government department has recommended for general use any resuscitation method other than the Schafer method, which has stood the test for 23 years as the most efficient and successful ever devised. The saving of human life demands the best effort we are capable of. Mr. Monkhouse agrees that the Schafer method is the best. Why not adopt it for the departmental placards, which are capable of being made of inestimable value to the community? The method illustrated on the placards at present is not the Schafer method.— Yours, &c., S. W. WINDERS, Member Board of Examiners, Surf Life Saving Association of Australia. Coolangatta. VIRTUES OF PRONE POSITION METHOD. The above letter was laid before Mr. Monkhouse for his views. He said:— “I fully realise the excellent work which the Queensland life-saving authorities are doing and I do not wish to bring into disrepute any of their established methods.” “But,” he went on, “I would like to point that the Schafer method, as originally designed, has been subjected to certain modifications in America, as a result of numerous conferences and as a result of the work of a Resuscitation Commission. A very full and exhaustive inquiry was made into this method.” These modifications had to do mainly with the position of the hands on the back. It was found that when the thumbs were touching, a heavy person could do damage to the vertlbrae and as a result the modification whereby the thumb was placed alongside the fingers and the pressure exerted on the floating ribs of the body rather than further back on the back, was designed. “I want it to be clearly understood that I am speaking more particularly of resuscitation after electric shock,” he continued. “The Public Works Department is advocating this prone position method, an improvement of the Schafer method, because we think that it is the best method that we can find, having regard to the most modern developments. I am inclined to agree with Mr. Winders in his objection to the lifting of the hands off the back, as the essential feature of the prone position method is the position of the hands on the floating ribs. If the hands are lifted every time it means that that position over the floating ribs has to be found again. But, certain advantages are to be gained by lifting the hands; if this method is used intelligently by properly trained persons this danger should not arise. Certain objections can be taken to the placing of the thumbs together across the back. When the width of the back of the patient varies there is no guarantee, if the thumbs touch, that we are not damaging the vertibrae; or on the other hand there is no guarantee that the floating ribs are being pressed in — a very vital part of the system. The experiences in America show this prone position method to be better than the original Schafer method and the Americans have arrived at this conclusion after collecting much data. “I fear that it is a characteristic of English-speaking peoples not to look into these questions sufficiently from this aspect. Moreover, life-saving bodies and even the medical profession are inclined to be conservative regarding modern developments in methods which they have adopted as being the best. I do not wish to enter into a controversy with Mr. Winders, but I feel that on this important question we may both learn something to our ad-vantage by an exchange of opinions. I would like to see this question discussed publicly, as it is one which ought to receive much greater attention from the man in the street.”[94]

Monkhouse again in Rockhampton

PERSONAL. . . . Messrs. W. Inglis and W. Monkhouse left for the South and Mr. H. Bachert left for Mackay on Saturday. They have been staying at the Commercial Hotel.[95]

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Monkhouse elected patron at the first annual meeting of the Queensland Listeners’ League

Queensland Listeners’ League. The first annual report of the Queensland Listeners’ League, read at a meeting of the league in the Teachers’ Training College, Turbot-street, on March 11, disclosed a very satisfactory condition of affairs. Mr. Thomas H. Dutton (president) was in the chair. Reviewing the year’s activities the report stated that a preliminary meeting of metropolitan licence holders was held in the Anzac Club rooms, Elizabeth-street, on January 22, 1930. It was then decided that a listeners’ league be formed for the purpose of protecting the interests of listeners, and helping by technical advice, and to do all possible for the advancement of radio science in the State. Herewith the Results. The league got the support and hearty co-operation of a great number of listeners in all parts of the State. A programme committee was formed, with the objective of formulating request programmes from the league. Applications have been received from several country members requesting authority to form new branches. This has been decided upon, and the branches give every promise of thriving lustily. Social Functions. Activities were not confined to one channel only. Under the name of the league a dance was held in the Rosalie School of Arts, and dance music was appropriately obtained from the air — VK4LW transmitted the music, and it was picked up in the hall, amplification being obtained by means of a four-valve concert amplifier loaned by Mr. Golden. An application to the Commonwealth authorities for the granting of an experimental licence to the league met with success, and it was granted in the name of Mr. H. D. Walsh, who operates as VK4HW, and, who has rendered grand service to the league as technical adviser. Through courtesy of the executive of the late Queensland Wireless Institute, a transmitter and most of the required equipment have been received on trust. When slight alterations have been made, listeners will soon be able to tune in to the League’s station, VK4QL, on Sunday mornings, afternoons, and nights. Wavelength from 230 to 250 metres. Election of Officers. Officers for the ensuing year were elected as follow: Patron: W. I. Monkhouse, A.M.I.E.E., A.M.I.E. Aust.); president, T. H. Dutton; vicepresidents Messrs. A. Jackson (A.M.I.E.); J. Williams, S. H. Smith, H. Kington, T. Armstrong, E. M. Hanlon, M.L.A.; Colonel Cameron, M.H.R.; Alderman A. Watson (Lord Mayor), G. Brandon; chairman of committees, Mr. J. Linton; secretary and treasurer, Mr. V. E. Kington. Annual membership fee was fixed at 3s.[96]

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Monkhouse appointed electric inspector

PERSONAL. . . . Messrs. J. J. Grier (electrical engineer, Department of Public Works), W. I. Monkhouse (assistant electrical engineer), and J. C. M. Wilson (junior assistant electrical engineer) have been appointed to be also electric in-spectors under the Electric Light and Power Act and Regulations.[97]

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Monkhouse gives evidence at another inquiry into electrocution, continues to press the case for better education

BUTCHER’S DEATH. FOUND WITH ELECTRIC WIRE IN BOTH HANDS. How Thomas Victor Bunkum (58, married}, who resided at Gympie-road, Aspley, was electrocuted in the yard of a residence in the same street about 6.20 a.m. on January 13, after having delivered meat there was related to the City Coroner (Mr. W. Harris, P.M.) today. CONSTABLE T. LONG assisted at the inquest. Deceased was a butcher by trade, and was employed by Mr. George Lemke, of Chermside. His death took place in the yard of Mr. Albert Barrett’s residence, where deceased had touched an electric light wire with both hands. The wire had apparently been broken during a storm on the previous night. Albert Edward Barrett, painter, said that he heard the butcher approaching about 6.20 a.m. while in bed. Witness’s daughter got the meat from deceased. “The next thing I heard was a muffled scream,” continued witness. Witness’s little daughter then said: “The butcher has been knocked down by the electric wire.” Witness ran down the back steps, where he saw deceased lying on the ground about 6ft from an electric light pole on witness’s land. The wires were on the ground, evidently been carried down by a storm on the previous night. No Sign of Life. Deceased had the wire in both hands, and was lying on the broad of his back. His arms were above his head, and he was stretched straight out and unconscious. Witness saw no sign of life in him. There had been a storm about 10 o’clock on the previous night, accompanied by strong wind and continued flashes of lightning. Witness was of the opinion that deceased walked into the wire before he saw it, and that the wire caught in his basket on his left elbow. Deceased probably caught the wire to try and set it off the basket, and thus electrocuted himself. Witness knew nothing about electricity, and made no attempt to release deceased from the wire. Card of Instruction. Walter Isaac Monkhouse, assistant electrical engineer, attached to the Public Works Department, said that about 10 a.m. on the day in question he made an inspection of the scene. “I would suggest that the attention of the police be directed to the card of instructions for a method of artificial resuscitation to be used in case of an electric shock,” said witness. “Electric shock such as deceased suffered,” added witness, “did not cause instant death, but immediate unconsciousness. There were instances of persons having been brought round eight hours after receiving an electric shock.” Other evidence was given, and the inquest was closed.[98]

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Monkhouse attends conference of Institution of Engineers Australia, Civic Reception and Ball

ENGINEERING DELEGATES. Civic Reception and Ball. In keeping with yesterday’s holiday atmosphere the first day of the Engineering Conference was devoted chiefly to social intercourse and to showing the visitors some of the attractions of the city and its environs. Following the river trip of the daytime, a civic reception and ball in the City Hall served to entertain the visitors in the evening. Massed palms and multicoloured lights decked the platform, whence the Lord Mayor (Alderman J. W. Greene) welcomed the delegates and visitors. The Lady Mayoress accompanied her husband, and also on the platform were the Minister for Public Works (Mr. H. A. Bruce) and Mrs. Bruce, the president of the conference (Mr. A. J. Gibson) and Mrs. Gibson, the president-elect (Mr. H. R. Harper) and Mrs. Harper, and members of the conference executive committee and of the ladles’ committee. After the speeches of welcome dancing was enjoyed, the rendezvous round the hall being enlivened with humorous cartoons, and labelled with engineering terms, such as “The Culvert,” “The Blast Furnace,” and “The Air Lock.” Engineering terms also appeared on the programme, the “Jolly Miller” dance being translated as “The Variable Coupling,” and the old-time waltz and one-step as “The Centrifugal Whirl,” and “The Magnetic Blowout,” respectively. Supper was served in the basement rooms, where civic shields and groupings of flags affixed to the pillars lent a note of brightness. THE COMMITTEE. The Brisbane division of the conference were the hosts at the ball, and the executive committee in charge of arrangements comprised Messrs. J. S. Just (chairman), N. J. Amos, W. Arundell, A. E. Axon, W. E. Bush, P. L. Day, J. R. Kemp, W. M. L’Estrange, and W. Nimmo with Mr. A. E. Sharman as hon. conference organiser. A subcommittee for hospitality and entertainment, with Mr. P. L. Day as convener, comprised Messrs. H. F. Brier, E. B. Cullen, J. S. Izatt, A. M. Midson, W. Nicoll, L. G. Pardoe, R. Silcock, and A. Te Kloot. The ladies committee included Mesdames N. J. Amos, A. E. Axon, W. E. Bush, P. L. Day, W. J. Doak, E. F. Gilchrist, R. W. H. Hawken, J. S. Just, J. R. Kemp, W. Nimmo, and Miss D. L’Estrange. . . . THE ATTENDANCE. . . . R. J. H. Risson, T. C. McKale, B. McLeod, W. I. Monkhouse, P. C. Tibbits, F. Thompson, O. L. Davidson, C. Winnett, H. G. Jenkinson, E. R. Turner, M. H. Parsons (of Adelaide) . . .[99]

Monkhouse attends conference of Institution of Engineers Australia, field trip to Booval Butter Factory

ENGINEERS’ VISIT WORKSHOPS INSPECTED. At Gatton and Lake Manchester. Nearly 200 members of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, now in conference at Brisbane, passed through Ipswich yesterday morning in over 30 cars on a tour of inspection of various points of interest. Leaving Brisbane shortly after 9 o’clock some of the party visited the Darra cement works and the Booval butter factory on the way to Ipswich and were much impressed by the up-to-date machinery at both places. . . . VISITORS AT BOOVAL. At the Booval butter factory among those present were Messrs. Norman Bell, of Norman Bell and Company, G. W. Barlow, Main Roads Commission, W. T. Monkhouse, Public Works Department; Gordon Berg, Alfred Suachall, Anton P’ty. Ltd.; H. B. Marks, City Electric Light Company; H. Maltman, Main Roads Commission; and R. Martin Wilson, of Martin Wilson Bros. The visitors were shown through the factory by the General Manager, Mr. D. Saxelby. They expressed considerable interest in the various operations and appliances employed in the manufacture of butter, special interest being taken in the packing of butter for the markets, such as Singapore, Colombo, &c., and the butter-milk drying plant. Members were entertained at morning tea, and Mr. Martin Wilson, on behalf of the visitors, expressed their thanks to the company for enter-tainlng them and showing them over the premises. Mr. D. Saxelby responded on behalf of the company and apologised for the unavoidable absence of the Chairman, Mr. A. G. Muller. He expressed the opinion that the interest of the engineering world in connection with the dairying industry would be of great service to the industry and eventually lead to better and more up-to-date methods.[100]

Monkhouse attends conference of Institution of Engineers Australia, official dinner at the Belle Vue Hotel

In the Social Sphere. ENGINEERS’ CONFERENCE. Official Dinner. The members of the Engineers’ Conference signalised the conclusion of their programme of work by a dinner at the Belle Vue Hotel last night. The chief guest was his Excellency the Governor (Sir Leslie Orme Wilson), who was met by Mr. H. R. Harper (president of the Institution of Engineers, Australia), Mr. W. M. L’Estrange (chairman of the Brisbane division), and Mr. J. S. Just (chairman of the conference committee). The dinner was held in the main dining-room and two annexes. The guests at the official table were his Excellency Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, the Premier (Mr. W. Forgan Smith) and Mrs. Smith, the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. A. E. Moore) and Mrs. Moore, the Commissioner for Railways (Mr. J. W. Davidson, C.M.G.) and Mrs. Davidson, and Alderman A. Faulkner and Mrs. Faulkner. The members of the conference at the official table were Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Harper, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Just, Mr. W. M. L’Estrange and Miss D. L’Estrange, and Mr. H. G. Jenkinson. Roses and dahlias decorated the tables, which were backed by the Union Jack and the Australian flag. . . . Among the visitors present were: . . . R. L. Foote, F. C. Parker, W. R. Steele, J. Wilson, R. F. Galloway, W. Monkhouse, T. J. O’Donohoe, F. R. L’Estrange, D. Fison, A. G. Jackson, A. A. Jackson, F. A. Griffiths, J. Lewis, F. Walker, J. G. Mulcahy, H. F. Brier, G. J. Twine, J. Beiers, C. R. Tranberg, T. Gaffney, Dr. Gaffney, Messrs. R. Hancock, D. McLeod, Deering, J. Wilson, Mitchell, Maxwell, and Midson.[101]

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Monkhouse provides report to Wondai Hospital Board on changeover to town electricity supply

WONDAI HOSPITAL. Lighting Arrangements. CHANGE TO TOWN SUPPLY. WONDAI, October 25. Wienholt Hospital Board.— A special meeting of the Wienholt Hospital Board took place on Tuesday for the purpose of receiving a report furnished by Mr. W. I. Monkhouse in connection with the lighting plant of the hospital. Mr. J. H. Langford occupied the chair and introduced Mr. Monkhouse to the committee as the Home Department’s officer, who had been appointed to investigate and report to the committee. Mr. Monkhouse gave full and detailed revision of the present generating plant and its cost of operation. He stated that the report regarding the plant furnished previously to some board members had not taken into account all factors. He had inspected the plant and found it was not in the best of repair. He estimated that the necessary replacements and the full overhaul of the engine would entail £50. He estimated that it would cost about £250 to replace the batteries, using new cells. Regarding the costs of operating the plant, he said that there were now 69 lights, one laundry iron, and the X-ray plant. He gave detailed estimates of electricity consumed, as 22 units per week for lighting and 12 for power. There was to hand from Wondai Electric Authority (letter to the board secretary) an offer to supply to the hospital, lighting at 8d. per unit nett, and power at the rate of 4½d. for the first 50 units and 3d. for all over 50 per month. On present consumption at that rate the cost would be 19/2 per week. Oil and kerosene for the present plant for the year cost £60/8/1, to which should be added a proportion of the cost of the wardsman’s labour. If £300 was spent in replacements and capitalised over a period and added to the above costs the total would be £1/17/8 per week. The quote (by Mr. F. Kemp) for converting to the town scheme and readjustment of the X-ray plant was £78/10/-, a first year cost only. The X-ray plant would give better results if operated from the powerful town scheme. After general discussion, Mr. Considine moved a vote of thanks to Mr. Monkhouse. Mr. Christiansen in seconding said he was pleased that figures submitted by Mr. Monkhouse consequently upon his investigation had been borne out those previously submitted by Mr. Outridge and accepted by a majority of the board members. There was no doubt but that a changeover to the town supply should be effected. The motion was supported by Mr. Hess and carried by acclamation, and the meeting dispersed.[102]

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Monkhouse gives evidence at another inquiry into an electrocution

“BRASS HOLDERS DANGEROUS IN ELECTRIC LEADS.” Evidence at Inquest. Mechanic Electrocuted. The need for the use of properly insulated electric lamp holders on leads from fixed sockets was stressed by an officer of the Public Works Department at an inquest today. Leads with brass lamp holders were not allowed under the wiring rules, and constituted improper connections as determined by the Electric Light and Power Act regulations. His evidence was called at the inquest into the death of Robert Francis Breeze, 30, married, a mechanic, who was electrocuted while working with a lead under his house on December 6, 1933. The City Coroner (Mr. J. J. Leahy, Police Magistrate) presided. BURNS ALL OVER BODY. Constable William Charles Fuge, of Stephens station, stated that the deceased had been doing some repairs to his car under the house, and had attached a 30 feet flex lead to a socket in the house. The ground was very wet, and there was water lying about from recent showers. At the postmortem examination witness had been informed that there were numerous burns all over the deceased’s body. IMPROPER LEADS. Walter Isaac Monkhouse, assistant electrical engineer employed by the Department of Public Works, disclosed that one wire had become broken adjacent to the lamp holder, and the small particles of copper conductor had penetrated the insulation, making contact with the brass portion of the holder. “This, I understand, was found in the hand of Breeze,” he added, “and I am of the opinion that it was the cause of the accident and his electrocution.” This witness, commented on the danger of using other than properly insulated lamp holders. The Department had always advised the use of insulated holders to prevent such accidents. There was always a danger in the use of a brass holder of the nature of that used by Breeze, though this type was frequently used. The inqiicst was adjourned sine die.[103]

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Monkhouse inspects facilities at Warwick Hospital, to provide a report

HOSPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. Last week Mr. W. Monkhouse, electrical engineer for the Public Works Department, visited Warwick in connection with the proposed installation of a steam heating water service for the Warwick district hospital. After making full investigation into the matter certain suggestions were conveyed to members of the board, and a report will be available at the next meeting. It is understood that the plans are practically finalised for the proposed general improvements at the institution and will be available probably within a week or ten days.[104]

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Monkhouse designation changed from assistant electrical engineer to electrical engineer

Works Department Staff Adjustments. The following staff adjustments in the electrical and mechanical branch, Department of Public Works, have been approved:— The designation of the position of electrical engineer to be changed to that of chief electrical engineer. The designation of the position of assistant electrical engineer to be changed to that of electrical engineer, and Walter Isaac Monkhouse (assistant electric engineer) to be appointed electrical engineer. The designation of the position of junior assistant electrical engineer to be changed to that of assistant electrical engineer and inspector, and J. C. M. Wilson (junior assistant electrical engineer) to be appointed assistant electrical engineer and inspector. That an additional position of assistant electrical engineer be created with classification, minimum £320, maximum £425.[105]

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Monkhouse gives evidence at Inquiry into electrocution of a woman

ELECTROCUTED. Evidence About Woman’s Death. When a young man left his home on the night of January 31 his mother, in her usual good health, had just commenced using an electric iron. When he returned half an hour later she was lying on the floor, dead. A neighbour, who was visiting the woman, described the fatality in the Coroner’s Court today. She stated that the deceased removed the plug from the iron and went to touch it with a pair of scissors, but collapsed face forwards on to the floor. This evidence was given at the inquest into the death of Annie Thompson, 59, housewife, who was electrocuted at her residence at about 8.30 p.m. on January 31. Mr. M. J. Hickey, Deputy City Coroner, heard the evidence. Acting Sergeant T. G. Long examined the witnesses. SON’S EVIDENCE. John William Lee Thompson, mattress maker, residing at Newmarket Street, Hendra, said that an ironing point was installed in the breakfast room, and his mother had used it for several years. She had never complained of having difficulty with it, but he had known it to fuse once or twice. He had heard his mother say that at times she had to make adjustments to the iron, such as tightening a screw in the plug. FELL FACE FORWARD. Mrs. Alice Massey said that she visited Mrs. Thompson, who was a neighbour, about 7.30 p.m. on January 31. During a conversation witness mentioned that her dress had been wet the day before. “‘I’ll soon do that,” Mrs. Thompson replied and connected the iron with the point. Five minutes later Mrs. Thompson touched the iron and remarking “The iron is still cold,” pulled the plug out and held it with her left hand. She then picked up a pair of scissors and put them towards the connection of the plug. Two seconds later she fell face forward towards the kitchen door. When a doctor arrived he said that she was dead. ENGINEER’S OPINION. Walter Isaac Monkhouse, an electrical engineer in the Department of Public Works, said that he had noticed in handling the cord that one of the contacts had been moved apart. That would probably have made bad contact with the iron. He considered that this would be the reason why Mrs. Thompson endeavoured to clean the contacts. As far as he knew, the shock would have been due to the fact that she held the plug in her hand, thus making contact with earth. After further evidence the inquest was closed.[106]

As previous, Monkhouse makes specific suggestions for improvements

MAKE ELECTRIC IRON FOOLPROOF. EXPERT’S SUGGESTIONS AT INQUEST. A suggestion that electric irons should be made foolproof by making the plug at the iron end a fixture was made by an expert witness at an inquest held by the Deputy City Coroner (Mr. M. J. Hickey, Acting P.M.) on the death of Mrs. Annie Thompson, who was electrocuted at her home in Newmarket Street, Hendra, on January 31. Acting Sergeant T. Long examined the witnesses. Alice Massey, a widow, of Newmarket Street, Hendra. said she was at the deceased’s home on the night of January 31, and deceased was going to use an electric iron to press a dress for the witness. After about five minutes Mrs. Thompson mentioned the iron was still cold, and she pulled the plug out of the iron. Holding the plug in her hand she attempted to do something to it with a pair of scissors. Two seconds later she fell forward on her face. Walter Isaac Monkhouse, electrical engineer of the Department of Public Works, said the shock was received because deceased held the plug in her hand. The plate on each side of the plug was connected to earth through a three-pin plug, and was so arranged that when inserted in the iron it earthed the metal of the iron itself. By holding the plug in her hand Mrs. Thompson made contact with the earth, and the blade of the scissors, being a conductant when making contact with the inner clips of the iron plug, would give the shock which deceased received. “I think that to make the iron foolproof,” said the witness, “the plug should be made a fixture. It could be done with little trouble and with little inconvenience to the users. There does not appear to be any reason why the plug should not be permanently attached to the iron so that it could not be removed. That would reduce the danger considerably.” Another defect with that type of cord, according to the witness, was that the metal spring attached to the plug often became alive. He considered the spring should be permanently earthed or removed and a rubber attachment placed there. If the plug was a permanent fixture and the flex fused it would lead to the flex being replaced by a technical man. Mr. Monkhouse stated, in reply to the Coroner, that there was no reason why a rubber sleeve could not be put in instead of the metal spring. The inquest was closed.[107]

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Monkhouse gives evidence at Inquiry into explosion at fruit ripening works

WHO TURNED ON GAS TAP? Explosion At C.O.D. Rooms. EXPERT’S EVIDENCE. Several persons were injured, and damage estimated at over £540 was caused to property, when an explosion — the third of a series at different periods — followed by fire, occurred at the premises of the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing, in Turbot Street, city, on September 25 last. Mr. M. J. Hickey, P.M. (Deputy Coroner), yesterday began an inquiry into the cause of the explosions. Acting Senior Sergeant T. Long examined the witnesses. Keith Macdonald Fraser, chief technician of the C.O.D., said that on September 25, when witness went to the premises at 7.30 a.m., he found that the room temperatures were what they were required to be, and that everything was in order. Before leaving he saw that every gas tap was turned off. When he returned about noon to go on duty he made his usual tour of inspection with Mr. Ellison, the submanager. On opening the door of room 16 he noticed that the temperature was a little lower than it should have been, and that the “trickle” tap was turned on. He also detected a slight smell of gas. He and Mr. Ellison walked into the room, and witness put a thermometer in the fruit in a case, and waited for it to register the temperature of the pulp. After about a minute, when he was in the centre of the room, and Mr. Ellison was near the door, an explosion occurred. Witness was rendered unconscious. Mr. Ellison also was injured. Witness considered that there were two logical possibilities of the cause of the explosion — either the tap was accidentally knocked on or was turned on by some person. Any one who might enter the building would have access to the gas taps, and he considered it more than probable that the tap being 6ft. from the floor it would be deliberately rather than accidentally turned on. To the Deputy Coroner: I would not say that I think the gas was deliberately turned on, but I think it might have been. It might have been turned on by some irresponsible person. I have not the slightest intention or reason to suggest that any one turned it on with criminal intention. “QUITE SAFE NOW” William Ellison, submanager of the C.O.D., said that when the explosion occurred he was blown out of the room. He was in hospital for 5½ weeks. Since the explosion certain alterations had been made and innovations introduced, and he considered the plant absolutely safe now. The C.O.D. was open to receive any suggestions for safety, as it would like regulations, embodying all the safety suggestions, made by legislation. He agreed that the use of rubber and trickle feed should be prohibited. In his opinion the relay was the cause of the explosion — it would cause a spark. William Younger, chief officer of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, said he had suggested certain alterations, which the C.O.D. had since carried out. Roderick A. Frazer, chief inspector and secretary of the Department of Public Health, said that certain alterations to prevent the possibility of any future explosions, due to similar causes, had been carried out; and the C.O.D. thus had completed effectiveness and eliminated the risks that previously existed. He supported the idea that legislation should be introduced to put all persons engaged in the fruit ripening business under the same code of safeguard. Walter Monkhouse, electrical engineer in the Department of Public Works, said he had noted several points about the electric installation at the C.O.D. building, which indicated that it had not been installed in accordance with the standard wiring rules, which were statutory law in Queensland. Had these regulations been obeyed there would not have been anything like the same risk. It was also required that such installations should be inspected by a qualified installation inspector before being connected. That was the duty of the City Electric Light Co. inspector. The inquiry was adjourned till 10 a.m. today.[108]

As previous, Monkhouse gives further evidence

DANGER IN CITY AREAS. Banana Ripening Rooms. The opinion that banana ripeners, including the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing, should not be allowed to operate in a thickly populated centre, and, if necessary, legislation should be passed to control this and any other process which was likely to bring in the risk of explosion through the use of inflammable vapours, was expressed yesterday by Mr. John Brownlee Henderson, Government Analyst and Chief Inspector of Explosives, at the inquiry into the explosion, followed by fire, which occurred at the premises of the C.O.D. on September 25. Mr. M. J. Hickey (P.M. and Deputy Coroner) conducted the inquiry, and Acting Sergeant T. Long examined the witnesses. Mr. Henderson said that the explosion did not come under the Explosives Act. If the C.O.D. premises were safe they might be suitable for the class of business carried on, but in the condition in which they were before the explosion there was obviously risk of a very serious explosion occurring. Witness said that certain recommendations made to the C.O.D. by him were carried out, and others were to be carried out at an early date. To the Deputy Coroner: He did not think all his suggestions had been adopted by the C.O.D., but for the safety of all persons handling that plant they should be. The danger of explosion could be cut down until the probability of explosion, instead of being great as it was in this case, would be very small indeed, by the adoption of all of his suggestions. Walter Monkhouse, electrical engineer in the Department of Public Works, in further evidence, said an explosion could be caused by an electric light bulb bursting where an explosive mixture was present. Thomas Edward Alford, Chief Inspector of Machinery, Scaffolding Department, said his department had no jurisdiction over the ripening room, but, with regard to the regulations being issued for the safeguarding of these rooms, the Inspection of Machininery Acts might be applied by an Order-in-Council. In reply to evidence given by Mr. Monkhouse on the previous day William Waddington, electrical mechanic and installation inspector for the City Electric Light Co., Ltd., said he passed the electrical installations at the C.O.D. as satisfactory, after having satisfied himself that the workmanship was in accordance with the standard wiring rules and regulations of the State. To the Deputy Coroner: The relay on the plant did not have a covering to protect it from the accumulation of dust. It was not necessary to have such covering to comply with the rules. He did not see how dust would affect the relay system, as suggested by Mr. Monkhouse. The inquiry was closed.[109]

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Monkhouse staying in Rockhampton after travelling further north

PERSONAL. . . . Mr W. I. Monkhouse, who arrived from the North, is staying at the Leichhardt Hotel.[110]

Monkhouse leaves for Brisbane

PERSONAL. . . . Mr Roland Love left for Sydney, Mr N. Jameson left for Brisbane, Mr T. M. Jones left for Emu Park, Mr F. A. Burley left for Mackay, and Messrs W. I. Monkhouse and A. Moss left for the South after staying at the Leichhardt Hotel during their visit to Rockhampton.[111]

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Funeral Notice for Monkhouse’s mother-in-law

FUNERALS. . . . ARNOLD.— The Relatives and Friends of the late Mrs. EMMA ARNOLD are invited to attend her Funeral; to leave her late residence, Hazelwood, Prospect-road, Summer Hill, THIS DAY, after ser-vice commencing at 10.45 a.m., for the Randwick General Cemetery. Per motor service. T. J. ANDREWS, Funeral Director, L2873 and U2038. 214 Liverpool-rd, Ashfield. ARNOLD.— The Relatives and Friends of Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR MOAD, of Blayney, Mr. and Mrs. LEN. DERBYSHIRE, of Summer Hill, Mr. and Mrs. CHARLES ARNOLD, of Harris Park and Riverstone, Mr. and Mrs. WALTER MONKHOUSE, of Brisbane, Mr. and Mrs. FRED ARNOLD, of Milperra, Mr. and Mrs. JOSEPH HOMER, of Liverpool, Mr. and Mrs. JOHN ARNOLD, of Burwood, Mrs. HENRY ARNOLD, of Auburn, and their FAMILIES are in-vited to attend the Funeral of their dearly beloved MOTHER, MOTHER-IN-LAW, and GRANDMOTHER, Emma Arnold; to leave her daughter’s residence, Hazelwood, Prospect-road, Summer Hill, THIS DAY, after service commencing at 10.45 a.m., for the Randwick General Cemetery. Per motor service. T. J. ANDREWS.[112]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1936 Toowong

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1936
  • Subdivision: Toowong
  • Division: Brisbane
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 7342, Monkhouse, Alma Irene, George st., Taringa, stenotypist, female
  • Entry: 7343, Monkhouse, Irene Olive, George st., Taringa, home duties, female
  • Entry: 7344, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, George st., Taringa, engineer, male[113]
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Monkhouse again in Rockhampton

PERSONAL. . . . Mr W. Monkhouse arrived from Brisbane yesterday, and is staying at the Commercial Hotel.[114]

Monkhouse returns to Brisbane

PERSONAL. . . . Messrs W. Monkhouse and N. E. Thomas left for Brisbane, Mr J. Ellwood left for Gladstone, and Messrs S. Solomon and C. Phillips left for Mackay yesterday. They had been staying at the Commercial Hotel.[115]

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Monkhouse makes a presentation to a staff member

STAFF PRESENTATION. (Start Photo Caption) Mr. W. I. Monkhouse (right) makes a presentation on behalf of the staff of the Works Department to Mr. W. I. Tytherleigh, on the occasion of his approaching marriage.(End Photo Caption)[116]

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Monkhouse gives evidence at Inquiry into death by electrocution of an electrical worker

Coroner Says Something Should Be Done to Stop Workmen’s Electrocution. “It seems to me that something should be done to prevent these recurring fatal accidents,” said Mr. J. J. Leahy, City Coroner, when closing an inquest held in the Coroner’s Court today into the death of a man who was electrocuted at Toowong. Mr. Leahy said that two years ago at an inquiry held by him into a fatal accident to an employee caused by electrocution, he drew attention to the dancers to which employees in electrical work were subject. They had to work in the surroundings of live electric wires. He did not know whether there was any provision in the regulations dealing with electrical work requiring the electrical power to be shut off, while men were working on or about the wires or any insistence on the observance of safety precautions, but it seemed as though something should be done to prevent these recurring fatal accidents. The inquest concerned the death of Sydney Joseph Baker, 26, electrical mechanic, single, last residing at Armagh Street, Eagle Junction, who was electrocuted when he was working on an electric light pole in Sherwood Road, Toowong, about 11.25 a.m. on September 23 last. Acting Sergeant T. G. Long examined the witnesses. Mr. W. J. Monkhouse appeared to represent the Public Works Department; Mr. S. J. Bryan for the Electrical Trades Union; and Mr. J. T. Maguire, City Solicitors’ Office, for the Brisbane City Council. CAREFUL AND COMPETENT. George Eric Guy McClintock, electrician, Parooba Avenue, Coorparoo, said that Baker was a careful and competent tradesman. At Toowong on the day of the accident, witness was in charge of Baker and a man named Creedy. They had to change current transformers in Sherwood Road. About 11.25 a.m. Baker was working on a ladder and had just completed isolating the circuits when he received the shock. Witness was on the ground and heard the ladder rattle. He could see Baker was in trouble. Witness removed the ladder to allow Baker to swing clear in his safety belt. Witness and Creedy lifted Baker on to the platform and applied resuscitation. The transformer Baker was working on was between two electric light poles about two feet apart. Rubber gloves were supplied but were not used that day. The use of gloves, said witness, depended on the nature of the work. The job had almost been completed when the accident occurred. It was a hard thing to say how Baker got the shock. One of the bridges, which he had disconnected, was pulled out of place and he must have been caught on the end of that bridge. 415 VOLTS. The two disconnected bridges, said witness, were alive and were at a voltage of 415 volts. There was no other live metal near. They had no authority to interrupt the low tension main, the work being called “live work.” Such authority could be obtained but it was very unusual to ask for it on low tension work. Walter Isaac Monkhouse, electrical engineer, gave evidence that he proceeded to the scene of the accident. He made an examination and concluded that Baker had received the shock when he leant over to shift one of the connecting lugs. He must have inadvertently made contact with the live metal lug. The voltage would be 415. The passage through his body would be aided by perspiration as it was a very sultry morning. Baker should have used rubber gloves on the job he was on. There was a regulation to cover that under the Electric Light and Power Act. If this regulation had been car-ried out the accident would not have occurred. Witness said that he was assuming that Baker’s hands had come into contact with the current. It was quite possible that he had touched it with his face. After evidence by Police Constable W. R. Brown, Mr. Leahy, making the above remarks, closed the inquest.[117]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1937 Toowong

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1937
  • Subdivision: Toowong
  • Division: Brisbane
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 7680, Monkhouse, Alma Irene, George st., Taringa, stenotypist, female
  • Entry: 7681, Monkhouse, Irene Olive, George st., Taringa, home duties, female
  • Entry: 7682, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, George st., Taringa, engineer, male[118]
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Monkhouse elected to committee of recently formed Indooroopilly Bowling Club

INDOOROOPILLY GREEN READY SOON. The annual general meeting of the Indooroopilly Bowling Club was held in the Stamford Hall, Indooroopilly, on Monday evening. The report, covering the first year of the club’s existence, showed that an area of land occupying 3 acres 1 rood 15 perches had been purchased near the railway line. A green has been laid down, and will be ready for play within the next few months. More than 50 members had been enrolled during the year, and eight more were added during the meeting. The financial statement allowed a credit balance of £23/5/8. Officers elected were: Patron, Mr. W. Binnie; president, Mr. C. W. Reeve; vicepresidents, Messrs. B. H. Matthews and Y. F. Jesser; treasurer, Mr. F. J. Price; secretary, Mr. T. W. Shield; assistant secretary, Mr. R. C. Bulcock; committee, Messrs. J. Paterson, R. A. Mclnnes, W. T. Monkhouse, H. G. MacInnes, and M. J. Lyons.[119]

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Monkhouse gives evidence at Commonwealth Public Service Board arbitration on salaries for Postal Electricians

“More Knowledge Now Required Of Postal Mechanics” A much wider technical knowledge is now required of postal mechanics than in 1929. Evidence to this effect was heard by the Commonwealth Public Service Arbitrator (Mr. J. C. Westhoven) today on the claims made by the Australian Postal Electricians’ Union for increased salaries for mechanics in the Postmaster-General’s Department. The hearing of the union’s case began on Tuesday. Appearances were: Mr. E. F. Meier, advocate for the applicant union; Mr. C. Gabel, representing the Commonwealth Public Service Board, and Mr. R. V. McKay, representing the Postmaster-General. Ernest Morgan Richards, foreman mechanic, grade 2, in charge of trunk testing and carrier maintenance in Brisbane, said that testing officers today were required to have a much wider knowledge than they were in 1929. That was due, he added, to the expansion of broadcasting and the greater use of relays from station to station. A testing officer had to have a technical knowledge that would enable him to discuss faults with the engineers of broadcasting stations in such a way that he would uphold the prestige of the department. Moreover, there had been an appreciable expansion of traffic and equipment on trunk lines which demanded greater knowledge on the part of the testing officer and bigger responsibility. Part, heard. TRAINING FOR TESTING OFFICERS. In reply to the Arbitrator, the witness said that making a mechanical officer into a testing officer required training over at least six months. A testing officer had to be temperamentally fitted for the work, must be prepared to accept responsibility, and must have initiative to enable him to work quickly. Recruitment was left to the engineering officers. Answering Mr. Gabel, the witness stated that testing equipment was now more efficient and faults could be more easily located. WORKSHOP REPAIRS. Frederick George Serine, senior supervising mechanic in the telephone workshops, said that a mechanic today was required to have a greater knowledge than in 1929 in that the standard of repair was higher than previously and there was a wider range of instruments. The Arbitrator: But in carrying out repairs have you not now received definite instructions of standards to be preserved? Witness: Yes, but the man has to have a greater technical knowledge to do the work. Further, in reply to the Arbitrator, the witness said that there had been no material increase in the staff at the workshops since 1929. Details of certain duties required of him by broadcasting stations as senior mechanic of the transmitting staff, which required initiative and technical knowledge, were outlined by William Campbell Rohde. WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY. Dr. A. Boyd, lecturer in mechanical and electrical engineering at the University of Queensland said that the work of a telephone mechanic, due to the science of communication, undergoing a remarkable advance in the last ten years, had become more involved and complicated. His responsibility in maintenance and continuity, had increased. Comparing an electrical fitter with a telephone mechanic, Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, electrical engineer, Department of Public Works, said that the range of work of both had increased, but greater skill and knowledge were required of the telephone mechanic. The mechanical parts handled by an electrical fitter were on defined principles of assembly. Mr. N. G. Mills, instructor in electrical subjects at the Central Technical College, stated that the range of mechanical work in communication had increased more rapidly than that in general electrical pursuits. Mechanics in the Postmaster-General’s Department now had more complex duties. Part heard.[120]

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Monkhouse attends farewell for senior colleague in Public Works Department

Works Department Officer Appointed to Bureau of Industry. At the office of the Minister for Public Works officers of the department assembled in large numbers to officially farewell Mr. N. Andersen, who formerly occupied the position of accountant in the department. The Under Secretary (Mr. G. M. Colledge) occupied the chair and after apologising for the unavoidable absence of the Minister, spoke appreciatively of the faithful service rendered by Mr. Andersen while in the department. Eulogistic references to Mr. Andersen’s courtesy and willingness to oblige were made by other wellwishers, including Mr. A, B. Leven (chief architect), Mr. A. C. Sorensen (chief clerk), Mr. W. I. Monkhouse (electrical mechanical branch), Mr. J. Budge (accounts branch), Mr. J. Maguire (works order branch), and Mr. E. B. Rigby, Minister’s private secretary (on behalf of the ladies). In asking Mr. Andersen to accept from the officers a handsome silky oak secretaire as a token of the esteem in which he was held. Mr. Colledge expressed the wish that he would have a happy and successful term in his new position. Mr. Anderson said he deeply appreciated the kindly remarks that had been made about him. He had at all times given of his best while in the department, and the presentation, which he was very proud to receive, would serve as a reminder of his very pleasant association with the Works Department. Mr. Andersen was recently appointed to the position of senior clerk, accounts and costings branch, Bureau of Industry.[121]

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Monkhouse again elected to committee of Indooroopilly Bowling Club

Indooroopilly Club’s Progress. At the annual meeting of the Indooroopilly bowling club, the report showed a total of 80 members. The ladies’ club has a membership of 37. The meeting decided to have three selectors in place of a sole selector, and Messrs. J. H. Feather, R. C. Bulcock, and F. W. Kingston were elected. The election of officers resulted:— Patron, Mr. W. Binnie; president, Mr. C. W. Reeve; vicepresidents, Messrs. Y. F. Yesser and J. Paterson; honorary treasurer, Mr. F. J. Price; honorary secretary, Mr. A. T. Biggs; hon. assistant secretary, Mr. H. G. Maclnnes; honorary auditor, Mr. N. H. Robertson; honorary solicitor, Mr J. Paterson; delegate to Queensland Bowling Association, Mr. A. R. Small; selectors, Messrs. J. H. Feather, R. C. Bulcock and F. Kingston; committee, Messrs. J. C. Arkell, R. C. Bulcock, J. G. Cribb, W. I. Monkhouse, and T. W. Shield.[122]

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Monkhouse nominated by the Standards Association of Australian (Qld State Committee) to the examining committee for electrical appliances approvals

Approval System For Electrical Appliances to Operate Here. “The need for a system of approval of electrical appliances and materials has become more and more apparent over recent years, not only to protect the general public against the risks attached to the use of electrical appliances and materials of an unsatisfactory standard but also to provide a means of protection to the retailer who is selling electrical goods of standard quality,” the Premier (Mr. W. Forgan Smith) said today, when announcing that the Executive Council had approved of regulations drafted by the State Electricity Commission governing a system of approval in Queensland. The Premier said that both New South Wales and Victoria approvals schemes were already in operation, and the system formulated for Queensland aimed at securing reciprocity between the States so that there would be a mutual acceptance of electrical articles approved after test by the prescribed authority in each State. In this way the public interest would be protected and at the same time a duplication of testing and other work would be avoided. EXAMINING COMMITTEE. In Queensland the co-operation of the principal authorities had been secured in the actual operation of the approvals scheme. An examining committee, which would function in an advisory capacity to the State Electricity Commission, had been appointed as follows:— A member, of the Stale Electricity Commission, chairman, Mr. F. R. L’Estrange, nominated by the electricity supply authorities in Queensland; Mr. P. S. Trackson, nominated by the Electrical and Radio Federation (Queensland); Mr. F. Tytherleigh, nominated by the Electrical Trades Union of Australia (Queensland Branch); Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, nominated by the Standards Association of Australia (Queensland State Committee); Mr. H. Clacher (State Electricity Commission) will be the technical approvals officer. HOW SYSTEM WILL OPERATE. The Premier said the approvals system would operate in the following way: On the advice of the examining committee, the Commission will recommend the issue of a proclamation in the “Government Gazette” to the effect that after a certain date articles of the class, description or type specified in the notice may not be sold, hired or exposed for sale or hire, or advertised for sale or hire anywhere in Queensland, unless they have been approved by the Commission as conforming with certain prescribed standards and have been marked as authorised. Generally, the standards will be those adopted by the Standards Association of Australia. Application for approval of a “proclaimed” article must be made. Applications will be dealt with by the examining committee, which will decide whether an examination and test of the article is required. The examining committee will submit to the Commission a recommendation in respect of each application, and the Commission will finally approve or withhold approval. All articles of the class, description or type approved must be marked with an adhesive seal bearing the identifying reference number. Penalties are provided against the selling or hiring, exposing for sale or hire, or advertising for sale or hire of proclaimed articles unless they are properly marked with the seal of approval.[123]

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Monkhouse appointed to the wiring rules committee of the Standards Association of Australia

STANDARDISING ELECTRICITY WIRING RULES. To standardise the wiring rules for electricity installations throughout Queensland the Premier (Mr. Forgan Smith) has approved the recognition of the wiring rules committee of the Standards Association of Australia as the body to advise the State Electricity Commission on all interpretations of the rules. The chairman of the commission (Mr. S. F. Cochran) announced yesterday that the committee would comprise Messrs. J. C. M. Wilson (chief inspector of the commission), chairman, F. R. L’Estrange, and J. McClintock (electric supply authorities), S. E. T. Burrows (Electrical Contractors’ Association), J. H. Hornibrook (Fire and Accident Underwriters’ Association), S. Wood (Electrical Trades Union), P. S. Trackson (Electrical Federation), and W. I. Monkhouse (Queensland Joint Electrical Committee of the Standards Association of Australia). The secretary would be Mr. S. G. Palmer, Queensland branch secretary of the Standards Association. All interpretations, said Mr. Cochran would be subject to the approval of the commission before being promulgated in its monthly bulletin.[124]

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Possible second marriage for Monkhouse (seems unlikely)

MARRIED AT CAMBERWELL. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Monkhouse entering their car after their marriage at the Camberwell Methodist Church on Saturday. The bride was formerly Miss Elsie Mary Fenn.[125]

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Monkhouse elected as a vicepresident of the Indooroopilly Bowling Club

Indooroopilly Bowls Officers. Officers appointed at the annual meeting of the Indooroopilly Bowling Club were: Patron, Mr. W. L. Binnie; president, Mr. Y. F. Jesser; vicepresidents, W. I. Monkhouse and A. T. Biggs; honorary treasurer, Mr. F. J. Price; honorary secretary, Mr. H. G. Mclnnes; assistant secretary, Mr. E. E. Faux; council, Messrs. J. C. Arkell, R. C. Bulcock, R. J. Chalmers, J. Paterson and J. P. Tunn; honorary solicitor, Mr. J. Paterson; honorary auditor, Mr. N. Robertson; immediate past president and Q.B.A. delegate, Mr. C. W. Reeve; selection committee, Messrs. J. H. Feather, J. C. Arkell and R. C. Bulcock; social committee, Messrs. F. Brimson, J. Jesser, C. Beswick, E. C. Waldron, J. C. Arkell, A. G. Price, W. Wilkie, H. R. D. Fuller and J. C. Campbell.[126]

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Monkhouse’s wife has a trousseau party for her eldest daughter assisted by her two younger daughters

TROUSSEAU PARTY.— In honour of the approaching marriage of Miss Alma Monkhouse to Mr. Norman Alexander Bagnall, which takes place next Saturday, Mrs. W. I. Monkhouse entertained a large number of guests at a trousseau party at her home, Adsett Street, Taringa, this afternoon. Mrs. Monkhouse was assisted in entertaining by her daughters, Francis and Eileen Monkhouse.[127]

Qld marriage registration for Walter Isaac Monkhouse’s daughter Alma Irene Monkhouse

  • Qld BDM
  • Marriage registration: Alma Irene Monkhouse
  • Marriage date: 13/07/1940
  • Spouse’s name: Norman Alexander Bagnall
  • Registration details: 1940/B/40380 [128]

Marriage of Monkhouse’s eldest daughter Alma Irene

Bagnall — Monkhouse. In All Saints’ Church of England tonight the marriage of Miss Alma Irene Monkhouse, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Monkhouse, Adsett Street, Taringa, to Mr. Norman Alexander Bagnall, only son of Mrs. A. Bagnall, Red Hill, and the late Mr. E. Bagnall, will be celebrated. To be given away by her father, the bride will be attended by her sisters. Misses Frances and Eileen Monkhouse, as bridesmaids. A frock of white silk lace over white satin featuring a bustle effect at the back will be worn by the bride with her veil, which is held in place with orange blossom. She will carry a bouquet of white lilies. Deep mauve and apple green chiffon over taffeta will be worn by the two bridesmaids respectively. Orchids over cut tulle will be worn on their heads and they will carry small baskets of flowers in violet and autumn tonings. Mr. Albert Adams will be best man and Mr. Edward Adams the groomsman. Mrs. Monkhouse, mother of the bride, will be frocked in mystic blue jermaine with a navy edge to edge coat and navy accessories. On leaving for the honeymoon, which will include a tour of the Northern Rivers, the bride has chosen navy accessories and a navy hat to wear with her dusty pink wool sheer frock. [129]

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Marriage Notice for Monkhouse’s eldest daughter Alma Irene

MARRIAGE NOTICES. BAGNALL — MONKHOUSE.— On the 13th July, 1940, at All Saints’ Church of England, Norman Alexander, only Son of Mrs. A. Bagnall, of Red Hill, and the late Mr. E. Bagnall, to Alma Irene, eldest Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Monkhouse, of Adsett Street, Taringa. [130]

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Monkhouse has a win in the casket

Last Ticket Bought Wins Casket. Last ticket bought at the Black Cat Casket Agency, Queen and Albert Street, at 12.30 p.m. netted the two purchasers £600 in today’s drawing. A minute later and the ticket would have been taken by the proprietor of the shop, Mr. A. C. Matthews, who, sharing in the first prize as it was, also sold the third and fifth major prize winning tickets. It is a custom of Mr. Matthews since he established this branch of his Black Cat Casket agencies to conduct syndicates whereby purchasers of tickets may participate in ten running numbers in each casket. It was such a syndicate that won the major prize of £6,000 in the Golden Casket drawn this afternoon. Mr. Matthews and a friend, Mr. Roberts, who have been taking Casket tickets for a long time, had one of the tickets, but when Casket closing time was drawing near the former decided to purchase the remaining ticket to finalise his returns to the Casket Office. A seller was about to write his name on the ticket when it was bought up by two people, Messrs. Macarthur and Hackett, of 68 Queen Street. Others who shared in the first prize were V. and D. McCorley, Box 66H, G.P.O.; W. J. Monkhouse, Box 897, G.P.O.; M. J. Curran, of Buranda; Miss Mullin. Box 786, G.P.O.; Jack Hewson, Light Street tram depot; Mrs. A. R. Bennett, 16 Sussex Street, West End; and P. Birkus, Woondooma Street, Bundaberg. The Black Cat agencies conducted by Mr. Matthews also accounted for the third and fifth prize. The former went to a syndicate in the name of M. J. Sheehan, of Coomera, and the fifth to a syndicate in the name of Mr. G. Hooper, of 43 Elizabeth Street, City, both regular Casket subscribers. [131]

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Monkhouse president of Indooroopilly Bowling Club

INDOOROOPILLY: At tea on Saturday the president, Mr W. I. Monkhouse, announced that their club member, Allan Munro, has been notified that his eldest son, who was a pilot-officer in the RAAF, has been killed in action. Players to meet Toowong at Toowong on Saturday in a home and home match, J. Matthews, A. Crowther, W. Dennis, U. Falk, G. Gibson, C. Munro, C. Eldred, R. Bulcock, E. H. Jones, K. Thompson, J. Feather, J. Bradshaw, P. Cooke, M. O’Donnel, G. Tait, U. Biggs, G. Grimes, F. Malcolm, H. Burbank, R. Laverack. [132]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1943 Toowong

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1943
  • Subdivision: Toowong
  • Division: Brisbane
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 8891, Monkhouse, Eileen Olive, Adsett st., Taringa, home duties, female
  • Entry: 8892, Monkhouse, Irene Olive, Adsett st., Taringa, home duties, female
  • Entry: 8893, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, Adsett st., Taringa, engineer, male[133]
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Monkhouse elected as Indooroopilly Bowling Club’s delegate to the Queensland Bowling Association

Indooroopilly Club’s office-bearers for 1947, include:— President, Mr. A. W. Munro; vicepresidents, Mr. F. A. Manning and Mr. Justice B. H. Matthews; hon. treasurer, Mr. F. J. Price; hon. secretary, Mr. H. G. Maclnnes; hon. asst. secretary, Mr. J. Steele; committee, Messrs. J. C. Arkell, H. R. D. Fuller, A. J. Jamieson, C. W. Munro, and G. W. Tait; Q.B.A. delegate, Mr. W. I. Monkhouse; providor, Mr. C. W. Reeve; asst. providor, Mr. A. F. Jamieson; green director, Mr. Y. F. Jesser; games committee, Messrs. F. A. Manning, E. J. Bedford, and G. W. Tait; club coaches, Messrs. J. R. Gregory and A. M. Sargeant. [134]

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Monkhouse again in Rockhampton on business

Social News. . . . Mr W. I. Monkhouse, Department of Public Works, returned to Brisbane yesterday, after spending a few days at Rockhampton on official business.[135]

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Monkhouse appointed Chief Electrical Engineer for Qld Public Works Department

PERSONAL. . . . Mr. W. A. Monkhouse has been appointed chief electrical engineer of the State Works Department, in succession to Mr. J. Grier, who retires at the end of the year. Mr. J. Normile has been appointed electrical engineer.[136]

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Qld death registration for Walter Isaac Monkhouse’s wife Irene Olive Monkhouse

  • Qld BDM
  • Death registration: Irene Olive Monkhouse
  • Death date: 27/02/1948
  • Mother’s name: Emma Fubbs
  • Father/parent’s name: Henry Arnold
  • Registration details: 1948/B/15560[137]

Funeral notice for Irene Olive Monkhouse, wife of Walter

Births, Marriages, Deaths. . . . MONKHOUSE.— The Relatives & Friends of Mr. W. J. Monkhouse, Adsett St., Taringa, Mr. & Mrs. N. Bagnall, Walter & Joan, Miss Fran Monkhouse, Miss Eileen Monkhouse, are invited to attend the Funeral of his beloved Wife, their Mother, Mother-in-law & Grandmother, Irene Olive Monkhouse, to leave the Funeral Parlour, 45 Adelaide St., City, Tomorrow (Saturday) Afternoon, after service commencing at 1.45 o’clock, for the Crematorium, Mt. Thompson.— CANNON & CRIPPS, LTD., Funeral Directors. [138]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1949 Toowong

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1949
  • Subdivision: Toowong
  • Division: Ryan
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 8626, Monkhouse, Eileen Olive, Adsett st., Taringa, home duties, female
  • Entry: 8627, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, Adsett st., Taringa, engineer, male[139]
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Monkhouse as State Electrical Engineer warns of dangers of running flexible cords for wiring

Bath ban on quick boiler. If you have one of those large electrical immersers sold for quick boiling of the copper, don’t use it to heat your bath water. Use of these heaters for baths has been banned by the State Electricity Commission. They are 240 volt, 2400 watt, and clip on the side of the copper in an upright position. They cannot be supported properly in a bath, as some people have attempted, and this misuse of them is dangerous. The Electrical Trades Union and all electricity authorities in Queensland have been warned about the immerser, which must now be sold with a label with strict instructions for use. Danger flexes Warning against careless handling of other electrical equipment was given yesterday by the State Electrical Engineer (Mr. W. I. Monkhouse). One of the most dangerous practices was running flexes through doors and windows or through holes bored in the floor to light up under the house, he said. This was often done with unsuitable clamp holders with no means of earthing or on damp ground. All electrical installation work must be done by an electrician holding a certificate from the Electrical Workers’ Board.[140]

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Monkhouse inspects Eventide Home at Rockhampton prior to opening

Eventide Homes Inspection. An announcement of the date of the opening of the Eventide Homes in North Street is expected to follow inspections being made of the homes by officials of the Departments of Health and Home Affairs and Public Works. The manager of the Eventide Home at Sandgate (Mr. E. C. Cramb) arrived from Brisbane yesterday accompanied by Mr. S. Beedham, staff officer from the Department of Health and Home Affairs. They will make a preliminary inspection of the homes. Another arrival was Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, chief engineer, Department of Public Works, who will inspect installations of electrical, cooking and other equipment in the homes.[141]

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Funeral Notice for James Monkhouse, father of Walter Isaac Monkhouse

Births, Marriages and Deaths. . . . MONKHOUSE.— The Relatives & Friends of Mr. W. Monkhouse, Mr. & Mrs. C. Pacey, Miss A. L. Monkhouse, Mr. & Mrs. J. N. Monkhouse, & Eleanor, Mrs. J. E. Cleeve, Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Monkhouse, Donald, & Allan (Proserpine), are invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved Father, Father-in-law & Grandfather (Mr James Monkhouse), of 111 Crosby Rd., Albion, to leave St. Colomb’s Church of England, Clayfield, after service commencing Tomorrow (Friday) Afternoon at 3.30 o’clock, for the Lutwyche Cemetery.— CANNON & CRIPPS LTD., Funeral Directors. MONKHOUSE.— The Relatives & Friends of Mrs. Julia Nugent & Family, Mr. John Nugent, Mr. & Mrs. T. Nugent are invited to attend the Funeral of their beloved Brother-in-law & Uncle, Mr. James Monkhouse to leave as per Family Notice.— CANNON & CRIPPS LTD., Funeral Directors. [142]

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Monkhouse attends farewell luncheon for Qld State Architect

Farewell Luncheon. (Start Photo Caption) Mr. A. B. Leven, who has been in the Public service as an architect for 40 years, was given a farewell luncheon at the Canberra Hotel today by his associates. Mr. Leven was Chief Government Architect. Left to right: Messrs. E. J. A. Weller, A. B. Leven, J. R. Way, and W. I. Monkhouse. (End Photo Caption)[143]

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Monkhouse on illuminations and decorations committee for 1954 royal visit

Planning big glow. Brisbane is quietly getting ready to switch on the lights and erect decorations for the Royal visit next year. Under the chairmanship of the State Electricity Commissioner (Mr. H. N. Smith), a committee known as the illuminations and decorations committee will meet at the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce on Monday. The secretary of the chamber (Mr. C. Robertson), honorary secretary of the committee, said today that members of the chamber were being urged to co-operate and arrange displays worthy of the occasion. Deputy chairman of the committee is the Town Clerk (Mr. J. C. Slaughter). The assistant State director for the Royal visit (Mr. H. O. Muhl) is a member. Other members are: Messrs. P. A. W. Anthony, L. U. C. Kempster, J. R. Way, W. I. Monkhouse, F. Jesson, Leon Trout, E. Barry, Paul Barry, F. C. L. Derrick and M. Finlayson.[144]

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Monkhouse reports on plans for lighting of Government Buildings for the 1954 Royal Visit

Queen will see city radiant with lights. THE Queensland Government, spending literally 10 times as freely as in the Coronation, is determined to transform Brisbane for the Royal visit into a city flooded with light and splashed with Treasury Building . . . “Make the most of its lacy character.” colour. The lead to private business houses will come from the Government’s treatment of its own buildings, and how the Brisbane City Council decorates the dominating City Hall. Brisbane has some Government architecture which is claimed to be as fine as anything in the Southern Hemisphere. Giving meticulous care to the characteristics of individual buildings, Government officials under the Public Works Department chief electrical engineer (Mr. W. I. Monkhouse) and the chief architect (Mr. J. R. Way) have now planned lighting and decoration for the chief Government buildings. Here is how Mr. Monkhouse sees the planning:— PARLIAMENT HOUSE — “We see this as a functional building, expressing its purpose in its solidness. . . . Main decoration will be flood lighting, expressing the purpose behind the graceful lighting of the wroughtiron gates. . . . Amber lighting will fling the battlements into bold relief.” EXECUTIVE BUILDING (George Street) — “This is a rich architectural gem, and we will make the most of its bold features . . Outstanding are the columns incorporated in the upper portion, and here we are going to strive for a third-dimensional effect, with colour in depth. . . . There will be a mass of colour along the balustrade.” TAXATION BUILDING (George Street) — “Here we have a different type of building altogether, more businesslike and with not such good proportions for lighting . . . The exterior surface will be well floodlit, and a bold ER II will break the flat wall of the building . . . . A feature will be the coronet effect we can achieve around the top of this building.” Amber and blue TREASURY BUILDING (Queen Street) — This building in its way is just as much an architectural treasure as the Executive building . . . In this case, we are trying to get the effect of colour in depth by showing up the contours of the building . . . We hope to make the most of the “lacy” character of the building. PUBLIC LIBRARY (William Street) — Small, but a pearl . . . We plan a striking treatment of amber and blue, as a contrast to the strong white lighting which will enhance the building’s classic lines. DENTAL COLLEGE (Albert Street) — A straight flood lighting topped off with stripped amber and blue . . . Flagpoles floodlit to give a greater effect of height . . . Important because from Government House it is one of the main city landmarks. ANZAC SQUARE (Adelaide Street) — Flood-lighting will bring out the straight line of the buildings . . . A feature will be blue lighting of the ver-tical window embrasures. GOVERNMENT HOUSE — A fairyland effect will be given by festooning the wooded slopes, but Government House itself will not be floodlit . . . This is because strong lighting could be a discomfort to the Royal party, when in residence there.[145]

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Monkhouse set to retire but held back to conclude his work on illuminations for the Royal Visit

FEW RETIRE FROM PUBLIC SERVICE. Comparatively few high State Government officials are retiring on December 31. Most notable is Sir John Kemp (Co-Ordinator General of Public Works) who will leave behind him many monuments to his engineering skill and his outstanding administrative ability. After more than 41 years of service, Mr. E. A. Godfrey, one of the outstanding architects of the Public Works Department will be going out. He joined as a draftsman in 1921 and after he was appointed an architect in 1938 most of his work was associated with the planning of Queensland’s mental hospitals. Mr. W. I. Monkhouse Chief Electrical Engineer of the Public Works Department, was to have retired on December 31, but as he is one of the key men, as he has been on other similar occasions in the past, for the planning of the decorations and illuminations of public buildings for the Royal visit, his services are being retained by the Government until March. Ipswich Clerk of Petty Sessions since 1943, Mr. Charles Innes will finish up on December 31 after 46 years of Government service. From 1902 to 1912 he was in the teaching service, and after his transfer to the Justice Department in 1912 as an officer in the C.P.S. office at Rockhampton he served at many country centres before his appointment to Ipswich. Head teachers of State schools retiring are: Mr. C. C. Oldham, head of the Milton school since 1947 who began as a pupil teacher in the Ipswich North Boys’ School in 1902, and was appointed a head teacher in 1922; Mr. C. L. Sumner, head teacher at Rita Island (Ayr), for 23 years, who began as a pupil teacher at the Brisbane Central Boys in 1903; and Mr. John C. Seaniger, who retires from the Woodview (via Oakey) School, of which he became head teacher in 1926 after joining the Glencoe School as a pupil teacher in 1903. His first head teacher position was at Eton Vale in 1910.[146]

As previous, photo

THREE TOP PUBLIC MEN RETIRING. (Start Photo Captions) SIR JOHN KEMP, Co-ordinator-General of Public Works, who will leave behind him a monumental record of engineering achievement, retires today. He is one of the State’s best-known public servants. MR. W. I. MONKHOUSE, Chief Electrical Engineer of the Public Works Department, was also to have retired today, but he will continue in office until March to work on decorating public buildings for the Royal visit. MR. S. L. QUINN, general manager of the City Council transport department, retires today after 51 years’ association with public transport. He became general manager in 1938. (End Photo Captions)[147]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1954 Toowong

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1954
  • Subdivision: Toowong
  • Division: Ryan
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 10227, Monkhouse, Eileen Olive, Adsett st., Taringa, home duties, female
  • Entry: 10228, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, Adsett st., Taringa, engineer, male[148]
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Monkhouse is presented with a watch upon his retirement

39 years with the State Govt. Mr. W. I. Monkhouse, who designed and supervised the illuminations for the Victory Coronation and Royai visit celebrations, will retire tomorrow after 39 years of Government service. Mr. Monkhouse was chief electrical engineer in the Public Works Department from 1948. For a number of years he was chairman and member of the electrical workers’ board. He was examiner for the board for about 20 years. From 1922 to 1948, when he was in charge of electrical construction work at the department, he put through more than 100 electrical apprentices. Recently 50 of them had a reunion, with Mr. Monkhouse as their guest. They presented him with a complete fishing outfit. Born in New Zealand, Mr. Monkhouse served an electrical engineer’s apprenticeship in the railway shops at Wellington and later joined the post and telegraph service in Auckland. Coming to Australia in 1913, he took charge of the power plant at the Sydney telephone exchange, and became senior telephone technician there. He came to Brisbane in 1915 to become telephone instructor at the Central Technical College. Later he was appointed senior instructor in engineering at the college. He joined the Public Works Department as an electrical engineer in 1922. Mr. Monkhouse completed his period of service on December 31, 1953, but the Government retained him in a temporary capacity for 12 months, mainly to enable him to design and supervise the illuminations for the Royal visit to Queensland. This afternoon, the undersecretary of the Public Works Department (Mr. T. F. Lyons) presented a watch to Mr. Monkhouse from the staff.[149]

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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1958 Ashgrove

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1958
  • Subdivision: Ashgrove
  • Division: Ryan
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 4150, Monkhouse, Eileen Olive, 107 Cecil rd., Bardon, clerk, female
  • Entry: 4151, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, 107 Cecil rd., Bardon, engineer, male[150]
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Walter Isaac Monkhouse Electoral Roll registration 1963 Ashgrove

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

  • Name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Gender: Male
  • Electoral Year: 1963
  • Subdivision: Ashgrove
  • Division: Ryan
  • State: Queensland
  • Country: Australia
  • Entry: 4528, Monkhouse, Eileen Olive, 107 Cecil rd., Bardon, clerk, female
  • Entry: 4530, Monkhouse, Walter Isaac, 107 Cecil rd., Bardon, engineer, male[151]
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Qld death registration for Walter Isaac Monkhouse

  • Qld BDM
  • Death registration: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Death date: 05/11/1964
  • Mother’s name: Jane Edgar Anderson
  • Father/parent’s name: Henry Isaac Monkhouse
  • Registration details: 1964/B/69559[152]
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Probate notice for Water Isaac Monkhouse (previously living in NSW but died in Qld)

IN the matter of the estates of the undermentioned deceased persons, and pursuant to the Wills, Probate and Administration Act, 1898-1954; the Public Trustee Act, 1913-1960; Testator’s Family Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 1916-1954; and Trustee Act, 1925-1942; the Public Trustee hereby gives notice that creditors and others having any claim against or to the estate of any of the undermentioned deceased persons, who died on or about the respective dates hereunder mentioned, and representation of whose estates was obtained by the Public Trustee in the manner and upon the dates hereunder mentioned, are required to send particulars of their claims to the said Public Trustee at his Branch Office hereunder mentioned, on or before the 13th day of December, 1965, at the expiration of which time the said Public Trustee will distribute the assets of the respective deceased persons to the respective persons entitled, having regard only to the claims of which he then has notice. . . . Walter Isaac Monkhouse, late of Bardon, Brisbane, Queensland, retired engineer, died 5th November, 1964; administration of the estate with the will dated 26th April, 1938, as contained in a sealed certified copy of an order to administer granted by the Supreme Court of Queensland, annexed, was granted on 24th September, 1965. B. ADCOCK, Branch Manager, Public Trust Office, T. & G. Building, cnr. Molesworth and Woodlark Streets, Lismore. 3678 — £2 18s.[153]

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Qld death registration for Walter Isaac Monkhouse’s daughter Alma Irene Bagnall

  • Qld BDM
  • Death registration: Alma Irene Bagnall
  • Birth year: 1915
  • Death date: 04/08/1988
  • Mother’s name: Irene Olive Arnold
  • Father/parent’s name: Walter Isaac Monkhouse
  • Registration details: 1988//6263[154]
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