Alan Gordon Gutteridge (1892-1942)


Civil engineer and a founder of Gutteridge Haskins & Davey


By Laurie McLean April 2022


Gordon Gutteridge.

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The then Australia-wide engineering consultancy firm Gutteridge Haskins and Davey was one of several firms that provided photogrammetric services to the Division of National Mapping’s from the late 1960s for the 1:100 000 scale National Topographic Map Series program.  GH & D’s contract work for Nat Map is understood to have included point marking and the photogrammetric plotting of 1:100 000 scale compilation and contour sheets.  This article provides some insights into Alan Gordon Gutteridge (1892-1942) who was one of the founders of GH & D.  The article also mentions other members of Gordon Gutteridge’s family and a few of the subsequent principals at GH & D.


Alan Gordon Gutteridge was a highly qualified and experienced civil engineer with considerable expertise in water supply and sewerage systems.  In 1928, after 5 years service with the Commonwealth Division of Public Health Engineering, Gordon Gutteridge established a private engineering practice in Melbourne.  Here he operated as a consulting engineer focused on water supply and sewage disposal projects.


In 1939, the engineering partnership of (New Zealand-born) Gerald Haskins (1885-1946) and Geoffrey Innes Davey (1906‑1975) formally joined with Gordon Gutteridge's practice to establish the partnership of A Gordon Gutteridge and Haskins and Davey.  This accomplished organisation has thrived as Gutteridge Haskins and Davey for over 80 years.  However, Gordon Gutteridge’s working arrangement with Messrs Haskins and Davey dates from at least a few years prior to their formal partnership as they were operating under that name from at least 1937.


Left to right: Gordon Gutteridge, Geoffrey Davey and Gerald Haskins.

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Gordon Gutteridge died suddenly in February 1942 and Gerald Haskins retired later that year in poor health, he died on 21 November 1946 at age 61 years.  As a consequence of these significant departures, Geoffrey Davey became the driving force of the engineering practice that retained the name Gutteridge Haskins and Davey.  In 1946, Davey offered associate status (at either senior or junior level) to his 7 most trusted employees who were also given the right to share in surpluses.  By 1948, Davey had elevated these associates to partner status.


About Jim Trench

Henry Vincent (Jim) Le Poer Trench (1905-1995) became one of these partners.  He had joined Gutteridge Haskins and Davey in 1937 and initially worked as a surveyor on a sewerage project for the Maryborough City Council in Queensland.  Jim Trench helped build the survey section of GH & D into one of Australia’s largest survey practices.


Around 1940, Jim Trench worked on the Berriquin Irrigation Scheme in the Riverina district of southern New South Wales.  This scheme included construction of the Yarrawonga Weir on the River Murray between 1935 and 1939.  The resultant water from the Lake Mulwala water storage was channelled through the Mulwala Canal, that was dug between 1935 and 1942, to provide reliable water to a region regularly impacted by drought.  The Mulwala Canal stretches for about 156 kilometres from Lake Mulwala, to Finley and then across the Edwards River at the Lawson Syphon just south of Deniliquin.  It then continues in a generally north-westerly direction to cross the Wakool River at the Wakool Weir and onwards to terminate at Yarrakool Creek.  It is the longest irrigation canal in Australia, see map below.


Map of the Mulwala Canal.  Base map annotated by Paul Wise.


For the Berriquin Irrigation Scheme, in association with A Gordon Gutteridge and Haskins and Davey, Jim Trench undertook title, irrigation, contour and general surveys, as well as civil engineering works; see newspaper advertisement below.  Another person involved in this work was Trevor Nossiter (1906-1992) who was the resident surveyor and engineer at Berrigan. After World War II, Trevor Nossiter worked with the Weapons Research Establishment in South Australia and, at times, assisted with National Mapping’s work for the national geodetic survey in the late 1950s and early 1960s.


A. Gordon Gutteridge and Haskins and Davey

In Association with

H. V. Trench, M.V.LS.,

Licensed Surveyor



Consulting Chartered Civil Engineers. Grading Experts and Implements Available on Contract or Daily Basis. Contour Surveys Executed Designs and Plans Prepared.

T. R. NOSSITER. Phone 100

Resident Surveyor and Engineer


Local Agent: G. Anderson


Facsimile of one of a series of advertisements carried in the Victorian Cobram Courier newspaper during the late 1930s and early 1940s.


Henry Vincent (Jim) Le Poer Trench.

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Jim Trench was a consulting engineer and surveyor.  He was a certified local government engineer in New South Wales (Certificate No 899) and a member of the Victorian Institution of Surveyors.  Jim was registered as a Licensed Surveyor by the Surveyors Board of Victoria on 20 October 1931.  He also became a Licensed Surveyor in New South Wales.


Jim Trench was born at Alphington in suburban Melbourne on 18 November 1905.  He was the only child of engineer Henry Frederick Le Poer Trench (1867‑1938) and his wife Alice Bunter Le Poer Trench née Stokes (1865-1938) who had lived in Noel Street Ivanhoe from the early 1930s.


Jim Trench was the grandson of Irish-born barrister Robert Le Poer Trench QC (1813‑1895).  Robert Trench was the third son of the Honourable and Venerable Charles Le Poer Trench (1772-1839), Doctor of Divinity of Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland who was the Archdeacon of Ardagh and the grandson of William Power Keating Trench, (1741-1805), the first Earl of Clancarty.  (The title Earl of Clancarty was initially held from 1658 by the McCarty family which lost the title in 1691 after the fourth Earl supported King James II.  The title was created for a second time in 1803.)


Jim Trench’s grandfather, Robert Le Poer Trench became a barrister in Ireland in 1842.  In 1855, he was admitted to the Victorian Bar and quickly established a large practice mainly dealing with mining cases.  Despite never being a member of Victoria’s colonial parliament, he was the Attorney-General in the first government of the progressive London-born Premier Graham Berry (1822‑1904) from August to October 1875.  Robert Trench was again Attorney‑General in Berry's second government from May 1877 to March 1878.  In 1878, Robert Trench was appointed a Commissioner of Land Tax and was appointed as a County Court Judge in April 1880.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1878.


On 19 June 1937, Jim Trench married Isabella Tremain Amos (1904-1986) at St James Church of England in Ivanhoe; the Reverend Thomas Cole officiated.  Immediately after their wedding, the Trenchs travelled to Maryborough in Queensland where Jim was working.  Jim and Isabel were to have 3 children, daughters Margaret, Barbara and Helen.


During World War II, Jim Trench served with the Royal Australian Air Force; Service Number 253925.  Jim was commissioned as a Pilot Officer with effect from 26 January 1942.  Without the benefit of any RAAF induction Jim was immediately despatched to Townsville to look into airfield construction in that area.


Later Jim Trench carried out numerous short assignments throughout Australia and served in New Guinea from March to December 1945.  During his wartime RAAF service Jim Trench led the construction of airfields in North Queensland, New Guinea and Borneo.  Jim Trench was discharged from the RAAF on 29 January 1946 and at that time was a Squadron Leader commanding No 4 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF.  He then returned to GH & D in Melbourne.


Squadron Leader HV Trench RAAF in World War II.

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Later in 1946, under Geoffrey Davey’s management reforms at GH & D, Jim Trench became a senior associate with responsibility for all of the firm’s survey work.  As indicated above, Jim Trench became a partner of the firm in 1948.  By the early 1960s, the survey team at GH & D was said to be the largest in Australia.  As well as adopting modern electronic distance measuring equipment and photogrammetric techniques, during the 1950s and 1960s the firm’s surveyors had become very skilled in the use of the plane table method for preparing maps in the field; particularly for sewerage projects.  Jim Trench had introduced plane tabling to GH & D.  One of the firm’s surveyors, Ivan Miller, improved plane tabling productivity through his invention of the stadia protractor.


Photogrammetry capability was introduced to GH & D by Jim Trench and the photogrammetric section was directed by Ivan Miller.  By the mid-1960s, GH & D’s photogrammetric section was active in mapping for engineering projects and for government mapping programs; including work under contract arrangements for National Mapping’s 1:100 000 scale National Topographic Map Series.  As mentioned above, GH & D’s contract work for Nat Map is understood to have included point marking and the photogrammetric plotting of 1:100 000 scale compilation and contour sheets.  Around that time, GH & D’s chief photogrammetrist was Phillip Waldemar Meinhardt who had studied photogrammetry at the then Institute of Technology at Delft in the Netherlands.


Jim Trench retired from GH & D in 1971, he was then around the age of 65 years.  In March 1986. Jim’s wife Isabel died at Newport on Sydney’s Northern Beaches; she was 81 years of age.  At Camberwell, Victoria in July 1987, Jim Trench married Mabel Annie (Mabs) Amos née McKenzie (1915‑2011) who was the widow of Jim’s brother-in-law Colin Mark Amos (1906–1981).  (Mabs was born at Korumburra and died at Parkdale; she had 2 daughters from her marriage with Colin Amos.)


Henry Vincent (Jim) Le Poer Trench died in Sydney on 29 November 1995, he was 90 years of age.  Jim was survived by his second wife Mabs and by daughters Margaret, Barbara and Helen and by step-daughters Elizabeth and Judith.  Jim Trench’s funeral service was held on 1 December 1995 at the chapel of funeral directors Gregory and Carr at the corner of Barrenjoey Road and Darley Street Mona Vale; it commenced at 10:00 am.


About Ivan Miller

Ivan Clarence Miller (1927-2015) was born at Numurkah on Victoria’s Goulburn Valley Highway on 12 March 1927.  Ivan was the sixth of the 8 children born to John George Miller (1891-1960) and his wife Ethel Jane Miller née Thomas (1893-1986).  Ivan Miller served in the Second Australian Imperial Force during World War II.  At age 18 years, he enlisted at Cowra on 1 September 1945, Service Number VX150728, and was discharged with the rank of Sapper on 24 June 1947 and was then posted to No 5 Field Survey Company in the then Australian Survey Corps.


Ivan Miller.

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No 5 Field Survey Company (formerly 1 Field Survey Company, Royal Australian Engineers) was formed in Brisbane as a Militia Unit known as the Northern Command Survey Unit.  The Unit moved to Townsville in 1942 and became 5 Field Survey Company.


During World War II, 5 Field Survey Company carried out surveying and mapping in the Brisbane-Gympie area, in North Queensland (including Cape York and the Gulf of Carpentaria), Merauke (on the south-eastern coast of Dutch New Guinea), Morotai (an island in the Dutch East Indies) and later served at Labuan (an island off north-west Borneo) and at Balikpapan (in south‑eastern Borneo).  5 Field Survey Company returned to Brisbane at the end of 1945 and then moved to Chatswood (Sydney).


During 1946-47, 5 Field Survey Company survey projects, from its base in Chatswood, included: Whyalla-Port Augusta for post-war industry reconstruction, Woomera, Snowy Mountains scheme, Burdekin River catchment-irrigation scheme.  During research for this article it was not discovered in which, if any, of these projects Sapper Miller was involved.  As he did not turn 19 years of age until March 1946, he was unlikely to have served overseas with 5 Field Survey Company.


Ivan Miller was first registered as a Licensed Surveyor by the Surveyors Board of Victoria in May 1954.  At Essendon on 3 March 1956, Ivan Miller married Margaret Jean Holmes; they were to have 2 children.  Ivan Miller died in Melbourne on 12 August 2015; he was 88 years of age.  Ivan was survived by his wife Margaret and their children Celeste and Craig and their partners David and Marina; and by grandchildren Simone, Josephine and Julian.  His funeral was held in the Renowden Chapel at Springvale Botanical Cemetery on 19 August 2015, it commenced at 2:15 pm.  Afterwards, Ivan’s remains were buried at the Cemetery.


More on Phillip Meinhardt

Phillip Meinhardt was first registered as a Licensed Surveyor by the Surveyors Board of Victoria on 3 September 1968.  He also held the degree of Bachelor of Science (Photogrammetric Engineering).  By the 1990s, Phillip was the Surveying subject coordinator in the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University’s Clayton campus.


Phillip Meinhardt in the 1990s.

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About Gordon Gutteridge’s family

Gordon Gutteridge’s father Matthew Wilkins (Wilkins) Gutteridge was born in 1859 at Leicester in the United Kingdom and died at Armadale Victoria in 1926.  Wilkins Gutteridge was the younger of the 2 sons born to Richard Sandon Gutteridge (1829-1900) and his first wife Mary Ann née Wilkins (circa 1835‑1866).  Richard Gutteridge was an orthodox physician and a homeopathic practitioner in London.


Wilkins Gutteridge gained Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Edinburgh University and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons.  He was engaged as house surgeon at the Birmingham Homeopathic Hospital for 12 months prior to migrating to Australia.


In March 1886, Dr Wilkins Gutteridge emigrated to Launceston in Tasmania.  He was joined there by his Scots-born wife Mary Catherine (Kate) née Penney (1857-1948).  Dr Gutteridge took over the Launceston homeopathic practice commenced by Dr S Brown 2 years earlier.  Dr Gutteridge was appointed as a surgeon to the Launceston Rifle Regiment in March 1887 but also continued his private practice.


Gordon Gutteridge’s siblings

Wilkins and Kate Gutteridge’s 5 children were born in Launceston.  The first born was their only daughter Mary Valentine in 1887; their first son Eric Wilkins was born in 1888; Hal was born in 1890; Alan Gordon was born in 1892 and Noel Middleton was born in 1896.  Each of the 5 Gutteridge siblings later progressed to have outstanding careers in their chosen professional fields; further information is provided at Appendix A.


Family move from Launceston to Melbourne 1901

Launceston’s Queen Victoria Hospital for Women opened in October 1897 but about a month before the opening the Hospital Committee rescinded its intention to appoint Dr Gutteridge as an honorary physician and surgeon attached to a proposed homeopathic ward.  Some mainstream doctors in Tasmania boycotted Dr Gutteridge apparently because of his practise of homeopathy.


In November 1901, Dr Wilkins Gutteridge took up a position at the Melbourne Homeopathic Hospital that had shifted from Spring Street to new premises in St Kilda Road in 1885.  The hospital remained at that site until 1934 when it was renamed Prince Henry Hospital (Prince Henry’s).


The hospital remained in St Kilda Road until 1991 when it was closed due to the impending opening of the Monash Medical Centre at Clayton in 1992.  Hospital buildings on the St Kilda Road site were later demolished and the site was sold in 1994 and is now used for residential apartments.


Wilkins Gutteridge and his family eventually resided at Shenford 23 Orrong Road, Armadale and from circa 1913 Dr Gutteridge practised from rooms in Auditorium House at 167-173 (now 171) Collins Street Melbourne; see image below.


The Melbourne Homeopathic Hospital 1885-1934.

Image from History of Homeopathy in Australia web site.


Recent image of the remaining façade of the Auditorium Building.

Image from cbus property web site.


Gordon Gutteridge’s formal education and qualifications

During the 7 years between 1903 and 1909 (between the ages of 10 and 17 years), Gordon Gutteridge attended Melbourne Grammar School.  Founded in 1858 as the Melbourne Church of England Grammar School it is now an independent Anglican school located on its original site at the corner of St Kilda and Domain Roads South Yarra adjoining the Domain Gardens and the Shrine of Remembrance.


Afterwards, Gordon Gutteridge studied engineering at the University of Melbourne.  During his time at the University, Gordon Gutteridge spent 3 years in the Melbourne University Rifles (previously known as the University Company of the Victorian Rifles and is now the Melbourne University Regiment).  From childhood, Gutteridge had not enjoyed good health and even had serious doubts that he would be able to follow his chosen engineering profession.  He found he needed a break from his university studies and, in 1914, decided on an extended visit to the United States.  As outlined below, his studies were then further interrupted by military service during World War I.


After returning from the War in March 1919, Gordon Gutteridge resumed his university studies.  In 1921, Gordon Gutteridge graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Melbourne.


Immediately after graduating from the University of Melbourne, Gordon Gutteridge began work with the Melbourne Harbour Trust Commissioners.  But in mid-1922 along with 3 other (medical) graduates, Gutteridge was awarded a travelling fellowship from the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Institute. Through the fellowship Gutteridge undertook post-graduate studies at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he was awarded the degree of Master of Science in sanitary engineering in mid-1923.  Afterwards Gutteridge travelled in the United States, Canada and Great Britain to inspect sanitary institutions and plants.


Gordon Gutteridge and the other 3 Rockefeller Fellows (Drs AH Baldwin, F McCallum, and DG Robertson) returned to Australia at the end of October 1923.  Each of the Fellows was then bound to the Commonwealth Department of Health for a period of 5 years.


Later in 1923, Gordon Gutteridge took up a position as assistant to Francis Fielding Longley DSM (1879-1965), a former United States Army Colonel and water supply engineer who was Director of the Commonwealth Division of Public Health Engineering (1921-1924), further information is provided below.


On 23 December 1924, Gordon Gutteridge was awarded the degree of Master of Civil Engineering at a graduation ceremony at the University of Melbourne.  The ceremony was chaired by the University’s vice chancellor, Sir John Monash.  General Sir John Monash, GCMG KCB VD (1865-1931) was an outstanding Australian World War I military commander.


Professional memberships

As his professional career progressed Gordon Gutteridge became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (London), and a member of the Institution of Engineers (Australia).


Gordon Gutteridge’s service in the Canadian Army during World War I

On 4 August 1914, the British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith advised the House of Commons that: His Majesty’s Government has declared…that a state of war exists between Great Britain and Germany as from 11 pm on August 4…  The declaration occurred at 6 pm New York time and Gordon Gutteridge who was in the United States travelled to Calgary and enlisted in the Canadian Army on 5 August 1914 under the name of Allan Gordon Glayde.


Gordon Gutteridge’s military service for Canada initially involved duty with H Company, Royal Canadian Regiment from 10 September 1914 to 23 August 1915.  This service included a period of garrison duty in Bermuda until circa July 1915.  Afterwards, Gutteridge enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Halifax Nova Scotia on 25 August 1915, Regimental No 477348.


By early October 1915 (at latest), Gordon Gutteridge was with other members of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at a Canadian Military Camp at Shorncliffe near the Strait of Dover coast in Kent about 100 kilometres south‑east of London and about 40 kilometres from the French coast.  Gutteridge’s Canadian service record gave no indication of his movement from Canada to England.  However, his service record indicated that at Shorncliffe on 8 October 1915, Gutteridge was promoted to the rank of Corporal.  On 1 November 1915, Corporal Gutteridge landed with other Canadian Forces at Boulogne on the English Channel coast in France about 50 kilometres south‑east of Shorncliffe.


Gordon Gutteridge’s Canadian service record gave no information on his involvement in actions while in France until he was severely wounded and reported missing in action on 8 October 1916.  However, earlier in 1916, the Canadian Corps was engaged in several actions as listed below.  It is likely that Gordon Gutteridge was involved in some, or even all, of these actions.


Battle of St Eloi Craters 27 March-16 April 1916

Between 27 March-16 April 1916, the Canadian Corps (including the newly formed 2nd and 3rd Canadian Divisions) were engaged in the Allied attack on German positions at the St Eloi Craters to the south of the town of Ypres in the Flemish province of West Flanders in south-western Belgium and about 12 kilometres north of the border with France.  Ypres is the French name for the town but the official (Dutch) name is Leper.  During the ongoing battle more than 1 370 Canadians were killed or wounded and many were taken prisoner.  The Battle of St Eloi Craters ended with the Germans still in control of the battlefield.


Battle of Mount Sorrel 2-14 June 1916

Mount Sorrel is located about 4.75 kilometres south-east of Ypres and about 1 100 metres from Hill 60.  The Battle of Mount Sorrel took place along a ridge between the small villages of Hooge and Zwarteleen.  The crest of Mount Sorrel, nearby Tor Top (Hill 62) and Hill 61 were about 30 metres higher than the ground at the village of Zillebeke about 3 kilometres from the centre of Ypres.  Consequently, Mount Sorrel provided excellent views over the town of Ypres, its approach routes, and the surrounding country.  These peaks were the only portion of the crest of the Ypres ridge that remained in Allied hands.


During the Battle, German forces captured the heights at Mount Sorrel and Tor Top, before entrenching on the far slope of the ridge.  Following several attacks and counter-attacks, two divisions of the Canadian Corps, supported by the 20th Light Division and Second Army siege and howitzer battery groups, recaptured the majority of their former positions.  Canadian casualties from 2 to 14 June were over 8 400 men.  The Canadian Corps remained in the Ypres Salient until early September 1916 when the Corps was transferred to the Somme.


Battle of Flers-Courcelette on the Somme 1916

Gordon Gutteridge took part in the first Battle of the Somme (afterwards synonymous with slaughter) that started on 1 July 1916 and stopped on 18 November 1916 when snow started.  The terrible battle took place on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France, initially at Flers‑Courcelette about 140 kilometres north-east of Paris.  In France on 26 September 1916, Gutteridge was promoted in the field to the rank of Acting Sergeant.


In mid-September 1916, 3 Canadian divisions launched an attack on German lines to capture the ruined village of Courcelette during the Battle of Flers‑Courcelette, the first battle of the Somme.  The infantry were supported by a creeping artillery barrage and by tanks.  Courcelette was captured by the Canadian Corps on the first day of the assault.


The 3 Canadian divisions continued fighting on the Somme in September and October suffering about 20 000 casualties through continued attacks and counter-attacks.  Canadian casualties on the Somme were around 25 000 men by the time the campaign was called off in November 1916 (Ridler, 2014).  As mentioned above, on 8 October 1916, Sergeant Gordon Gutteridge was severely wounded and taken prisoner‑of‑war by the Germans.


One of the last homes left standing in the French village of Courcelette during the Battle of the Somme in October 1916.

Image from The Canadian Encyclopedia web site.


Prisoner-of-war 1916-1918

As mentioned earlier, Sergeant Gutteridge did not see the end of the Battle of Flers‑Courcelette in 1916.  He was severely wounded and reported missing in action on 8 October 1916.  On 6 November 1916, Canadian service records indicated that Sergeant Gutteridge was unofficially reported as being taken prisoner-of-war by German forces and was being held at Johannisthal, on the south-eastern outskirts of Berlin.  On 8 November 1916, Canadian service records confirmed that his surname was Gutteridge and not Glayde, the surname he used when he enlisted.


On 20 November 1916, Canadian service records indicated Sergeant Gutteridge was unofficially reported as a prisoner-of-war at Stettin in Pommern; the then German Province of Pomerania on the Baltic Sea coast but now known as the city of Szczecin in what is now part of Poland.  Szczecin (Stettin) is on the Oder River about 450 kilometres north-west of Warsaw and about 120 kilometres north-east of Berlin.


On 3 January 1917, Canadian service records indicated that Sergeant Gutteridge was then officially reported as a prisoner-of-war at Altdamm, then a small town (with a population of about 7 000 people) near the mouth of the Oder River opposite Stettin and now known as Dąbie.  On 27 August 1918, Canadian records indicated that Sergeant Gutteridge had been transferred to Minden in the Westphalia region of north-western Germany about 125 kilometres east of the border with Holland and about 300 kilometres west of Berlin; see map below.


Gordon Gutteridge’s known World War I overseas Canadian Army postings in red and reported prisoner‑of‑war locations in green.  Base map annotated by Paul Wise.


World War I repatriation and Army discharge

Sergeant Gutteridge was held as a prisoner‑of‑war in Germany for over 2 years.  Apparently, after he had sufficiently recovered from his wounds, Gutteridge made 2 escape attempts.  He was eventually released from being a prisoner‑of‑war on 9 December 1918.  On 18 December 1918, Sergeant Gutteridge arrived for repatriation at the Bramshott Military Camp, a series of 5 Canadian camps on Bramshott Common in Hampshire about 70 kilometres south-west of London.  At Bramshott, he was granted furlough from 19 December 1918 to 11 January 1919.


On 14 February 1919, Sergeant Gutteridge was stationed at Canadian demobilisation Camp 36 at Ripon in North Yorkshire about 300 kilometres north of London.  On 23 February 1919, Sergeant Gutteridge departed Liverpool onboard HMT Belgic.  (This vessel was the 1914 Belgic (IV) that was built in the United States as the Bergenland for Red Star Line, later operated briefly for the White Star Line, and was scrapped in 1936).  Gutteridge arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 2 March 1919 where he was discharged from the Royal Canadian Regiment on 21 March 1919 and afterwards returned to Melbourne.


Australian Engineers officer 1921-22

On 1 August 1921, Alan Gordon Gutteridge was appointed (provisionally) as a Lieutenant with the Australian Engineers, Field Units.  This appointment was promulgated on page 1331 of the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, Issue No 72 on 15 September 1921.  The resignation of Lieutenant Gutteridge from his provisional appointment was accepted on 7 July 1922.


Marriage to Annabel Syme 1922-1939

On 27 April 1922, Gordon Gutteridge and Annabel Frances Syme (1890-1983) were married by Canon George Sutton at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Kew; see Anonymous (1939).  Located at 251 High Street Kew, the site for the Holy Trinity Church Kew was purchased in 1862 for £125.  The foundation stone was laid on 3 September 1862.  Construction in bluestone with sandstone dressings and a slate roof commenced in 1862.  Later additions included: an enlarged nave (1864), transepts (1873), an extended chancel and vestry were added (1909), the tower was completed (1913) and the chapel was built (1922); see Australian Christian Church Histories (undated).


A young Annabel Syme.

Enhanced image from family tree on Ancestry web site.


Annabel Syme was the eldest of the 8 children (4 daughters and 4 sons) born to Herbert Syme (1859-1939) and his wife Ethel Maud née King (1874‑1956) of Rockingham Barkers Road, Kew.  John Herbert Syme was born in Melbourne in 1859.  He was the eldest of the 9 children born to David Syme (1827-1908) and his wife Annabella née Garnett-Johnson (1837-1915); their children were 5 sons and 4 daughters, 2 of the daughters died in infancy.



The Holy Trinity Church Kew dates from 1863.

Image from Holy Trinity Kew web site.


In 1856, with his brother Ebenezer and ironmonger James McEwan, the Scots‑born David Syme purchased the then failing Melbourne newspaper The Age.  David Syme ran The Age from 1858 until his death in 1908.  After David Syme’s death family members controlled the newspaper.  From 1908, John Herbert Syme was one of the proprietors and trustees of The Age and the Leader newspapers until his death in 1939.  (In 1973, the Fairfax family took a controlling interest in The Age; Fairfax purchased the remaining interests in 1983.  In July 2018, Fairfax Media merged with the media organisation, Nine Entertainment Company.)


Gordon and Annabel Gutteridge were to have 3 children: daughters Patricia Syme (Patsy) (May 1924-September 1991) and Anne Elizabeth (December 1930-November 1996).  A son, David Gordon Syme, was born in 1926 but sadly he died aged 3 months on 22 November 1926.


During their marriage Gordon and Annabel Gutteridge resided in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Kew; firstly at 10 Uvadale Grove and later at 15 Carson Street.  Unfortunately the marriage of Gordon and Annabel Gutteridge did not endure.  On 28 April 1939, the then 39-years old Annabel was granted a divorce in the First Civil Court by the Chief Justice of Victoria Sir Frederick Mann on the grounds of her husband’s repeated acts of misconduct.  Mrs Gutteridge was allowed costs against the respondent and given custody of their then 8 and 14 year old daughters.  (The matter of alimony and maintenance were still to be determined when the divorce was granted.)  Sadly during the 3 years between the divorce and his death Gordon Gutteridge saw little of his daughters.


Annabel Frances Gutteridge did not remarry after her divorce from Gordon Gutteridge in 1939.  Annabel Gutteridge died following a short illness at the eastern Melbourne suburb of Armadale on 6 February 1983, she was 83 years of age.  Annabel was survived by Patricia and Ann, her 2 daughters, and by 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  Annabel Gutteridge’s remains were buried following a private family funeral service.


Commonwealth Department of Health 1923-1928

As mentioned above, in late 1923, Gordon Gutteridge took up a position as assistant to Francis Fielding Longley DSM, CBE (Hon), Ordre de l'Étoile Noire (Order of the Black Star-France) (1879-1965), a former United States Army Colonel and water supply engineer who was Director of the Commonwealth Division of Public Health Engineering in the Commonwealth Department of Health from late 1921 to 1924.


Longley had arrived in Australia in November 1921 on the RMS Ormuz and was registered as an alien resident.  His appointment in the Department of Health was made in conjunction with the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation.  Longley returned to the United States in 1924 to take up a position with the Lock Joint Pipe Company at Ampere in New Jersey.


Francis Fielding Longley.

Enhanced image from Arlington National Cemetery web site.


Following Longley’s departure, Gordon Gutteridge was formally appointed Director of the Division of Public Health Engineering in the Commonwealth Department of Health on 15 April 1926.  In this role Gutteridge’s responsibilities included providing high level advice on the design and operation of water supply and sewage disposal systems to public authorities (generally to state governments or to local governments) throughout Australia.


Royal Commission on Melbourne sanitation 1926

In 1926, the Governor of Victoria, His Excellency Lieutenant Colonel the Right Honourable Arthur Herbert Tennyson Somers-Cocks, Baron Somers, KCMG DSO MC (1887-1944), commissioned Gordon Gutteridge, Edward Garlick, and William Nevill, to enquire into sanitation in the Melbourne metropolitan area.  The commissioners were to advise on methods for the disposal of night soil and methods for the treatment of sewage at sewage farms to mitigate or eliminate the production of foul odours.  Gordon Gutteridge was appointed chairman of the commissioners.


The Commission submitted its report to both houses of the Victorian parliament on 14 December 1926.  In its report, the Commission noted that when the supply of dissolved oxygen (in the 2 per cent of sewage that was solid matter) was exhausted, anaerobic decomposition sets in throughout the whole mass of the sewage and resulted in the liberation of objectionable odours.


The report contained several recommendations including: that night soil be pre‑treated and disposed into a sewer system; that disposal of night soil by earth burial be discontinued in several areas; that measures to be adopted for the reduction or elimination of odours at sewage farms were dependent upon local conditions; and that means should be provided to ensure the efficient operation of sewage works as no matter how well sewage treatment works were designed and constructed unless they were efficiently operated the effluent would not reach a sufficient standard of purification necessary to ensure community health; see Gutteridge et al (1926).


Visit to Port Moresby 1926

During June-July 1926, in his capacity as public health engineer with the Commonwealth Department of Health, Gordon Gutteridge undertook a 7‑week visit to Port Moresby in the then Australian Territory of Papua.  Here he provided advice regarding water supply, sewage disposal and mosquito control measures.  Gutteridge travelled to Port Moresby onboard the Burns, Philp and Company vessel SS Morinda that departed Sydney on 12 June 1926.  He departed Port Moresby onboard the same vessel on 30 July 1926.


Royal Commission on Brisbane water supply 1927

In July 1927, Gordon Gutteridge, as Director of the Division of Public Health Engineering in the Commonwealth Department of Health was commissioned by the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Herbert John Chapman Goodwin KCB CMG DSO (1871-1960), to enquire into Brisbane’s water supply.


The commission was to advise on the most efficient and economical methods of providing and conserving an ample and pure water supply for the present and future requirements of the City of Brisbane.


Gutteridge’s report was submitted on 1 January 1928.  In his report Gutteridge established that while the Coomera River may be an excellent supplementary water supply, the wiser scheme was that of water supply and flood prevention works at Middle Creek on the Brisbane River.  Later works were recommended at Little Mount Brisbane on the Stanley River.


Gutteridge reported that provision for the control of floods was urgently required and that these measures could most advantageously be undertaken in association with the development of the water supply.  Gutteridge dismissed the Little Nerang scheme as uneconomical and might well be left for the future supply of the South Coast towns; see Anonymous (1928).


National Conference on public health engineering 1927

In late September 1927, as director of the Division of Public Health Engineering in the Commonwealth Department of Health, Gordon Gutteridge presided at the first annual conference on public health engineering.  Arranged by the Commonwealth Department of Health, the conference was attended by about 250 delegates from local governments (then called municipalities) and from government departments throughout Australia.  About 30 papers were presented on technical subjects concerning water supply, sewerage, and sanitation.  The conference was held in the Allied Societies’ Trust Building at 53-55 Collins Place Melbourne


(The Allied Societies Trust included the Institutions of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and other professional bodies.  Their 7‑storey building was later renamed Kelvin House and was located at 55 Exhibition Street and is still standing but the Trust disbanded in 1969.)


Resignation from the Commonwealth Department of Health 1928

From April 1927, Gutteridge’s salary as Director of the Division of Public Health Engineering in the Commonwealth Department of Health was £950 per annum, promulgated on page 2264 of the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, Issue No 128 on 18 November 1927.


Like other Commonwealth public service entities, the Department of Health was initially based in Melbourne (along with the early Federal Parliament).  The Federal Parliament began sitting in Canberra during May 1927 and Commonwealth departments and associated entities began moving there from around that time.


In 1928, the Health Department commenced shifting its central office and other operations to Canberra.  That year also saw the end of Gordon Gutteridge’s 5 year bonding period with the Department of Health under the terms of his Rockefeller fellowship.  Gordon Gutteridge decided against the forthcoming transfer to Canberra and in September 1928 resigned his position as Director of the Division of Public Health Engineering.


Kew City Council 1929-1935

Gordon Gutteridge was a councillor on the Kew City Council from 1929 to 1935 and served a term as the City’s mayor during 1933-34.


Gordon Gutteridge during his time as Mayor of Kew.

Enhanced image from family tree on Ancestry web site.


Consulting engineer 1928-1939

As mentioned earlier, in 1928 Gordon Gutteridge declined a transfer to Canberra with the Commonwealth Department of Health and resigned his position as Director of the Division of Public Health Engineering.  He remained in Melbourne where he founded a private engineering practice where he operated as a consulting engineer focused chiefly on water supply and sewage disposal matters.


Sir Bernard Callinan circa 1985, Australian Catholic University image 956510, from Australian Dictionary of Biography web site.


In 1935, Gordon Gutteridge employed a recent Melbourne University engineering graduate, Bernard James Callinan (1913-1995) who was soon supervising large sewerage and water projects in country areas.  During World War II, Callinan had a break from service with the then Gutteridge Haskins & Davey but returned to the firm in 1946; initially managing the Victorian and Tasmanian branches prior to becoming company chairman and managing director; he retired from GHD in 1978.


More on Bernard Callinan

During World War II, from March 1941 to February 1946, Bernard Callinan served with distinction in the Royal Australian Engineers (Citizens Military Force) and later with Infantry units in the 2nd Australian Imperial Force; Service No 382001 (VX50081).  He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Callinan commanded the 2nd Independent Company and later Sparrow Force on Timor.  Afterwards, Callinan served with the combined 31st-51st Battalion in the then Netherlands New Guinea and later commanded the 26th Battalion on Bougainville.  During his service in Timor, Callinan was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Military Cross and for his service in Bougainville he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.


Lieutenant Colonel B J Callinan MC on Bougainville 10 May 1945.

Edited Australian War Memorial Image Accession No 091840.


Bernard Callinan was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1971.  Sir Bernard Callinan was made a Knight Batchelor in 1977 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1986.  Sir Bernard chaired the Parliament House Construction Authority from 1979 to 1985 and also chaired the West Gate Bridge Authority in Melbourne.


Bernard Callinan had a long involvement with the Melbourne Cricket Club and was chairman for 5 years from 1980.  Sir Bernard was active in Catholic Church affairs throughout his life and his Requiem Mass was held at St Patrick's Cathedral in East Melbourne.


The Gutteridge Rolls Royce

Anecdotes of Gordon Gutteridge painted a picture of a man with a complex personality.  Reputedly austere, aloof, and frugal, there were legendary tales of Gutteridge sweeping along the roads of rural Victoria at night to attend a meeting in some far flung shire the next day.


Gordon Gutteridge purchased a vintage Rolls Royce with front and back seating and had it remodelled as a sports car with room for only two.  The eye-catching Rolls was over 20 feet between the front and rear bumper bars and weighed a massive 2 tons.  It was hardly the car to drive across the State of Victoria but Gutteridge did just that day after day or rather, as was his habit, night after night.  Gutteridge slept little and liked to drive from job to job at night.


The huge Rolls attracted a lot of attention in Melbourne but perhaps none more so than when it was parked in front of the only other car in the GH & D practice, a T‑Model Ford owned by Bernard Callinan.


Apparently, Gutteridge's special joy was to drive serenely along with an attractive young lady beside him.  He established a reputation as a ladies' man and rarely lacked female company when he was relaxing.  Sadly the grand Rolls Royce came to an ignominious end, one evening Gutteridge drove his beautiful car under the rear of a brewery truck.  He scrambled from the wreckage, rather shaken, and rang the insurance company from a nearby telephone booth.  Apparently he said: Come and collect my car, it is now yours.


Gutteridge Haskins & Davey 1939-1942

By 1938, through joint venture projects, Gutteridge’s practice and Haskins & Davey had become almost indistinguishable from each other, and on New Year’s Day 1939, the Gutteridge Haskins & Davey partnership was formally established.  In January 1939, the partnership of A Gordon Gutteridge, Haskins and Davey operated from premises at 440 Little Collins Street Melbourne.  By November 1939, A Gordon Gutteridge, Haskins and Davey, Consulting Engineers, operated from premises at 375 Collins Street Melbourne; and apparently were operating from that address at the time of Gordon Gutteridge’s death in February 1942.


Soon after World War II, Gutteridge Haskins and Davey operated from various premises in Melbourne including 472 Bourke Street, a house in Grey Street, and 380 Lonsdale Street (occupied in 1966 but destroyed by fire in 1982).  Of course, GH & D also had premises in several other cities in Australia.


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Visit to the United States 1941

During the early years of World War II, Gordon Gutteridge was a member of an advisory panel on defence works.  In late May 1941, Gordon Gutteridge, returned from a visit to the United States of America.  Gutteridge had travelled to America at his own expense, but while there was asked by the Minister for the Interior, Queensland Senator Hattil Spencer (Harry) Foll (1890-1977), to undertake a complete survey of defence works there.


A newspaper report in the Daily Examiner (Grafton) on 23 May 1941 (see Anonymous, 1941) indicated that Gutteridge was much impressed with the vast American effort and evidence of the work in military camps, factories and shipbuilding yards.  He indicated that directors of big engineering firms in America believed that after the war Australia would become the foremost industrial centre in the Southern Hemisphere.



As mentioned earlier, Gordon Gutteridge had always suffered poor health and the effects of his World War I wounds had never left him.  On Saturday 21 February 1942, Gordon Gutteridge collapsed at his desk and did not recover; he died at the age of 50 years.


Gordon Gutteridge’s funeral service was held on Monday 23 February 1942 at the Southern Chapel of AA Sleight Pty Ltd funeral directors on the south‑western corner of St Kilda Road and Park Street Melbourne.  The funeral service was conducted by the Reverend F Schwieger and commenced at 1:45 pm.  At 3:00 pm the funeral left for the crematorium at the Necropolis, Springvale (now the Springvale Botanical Cemetery) where later that day the ashes of Gordon Gutteridge’s remains were scattered.



Appendix A


About Gordon Gutteridge’s siblings

As mentioned in the text above, Gordon Gutteridge had 4 siblings, namely: elder sister Mary Valentine born on 14 February 1887; elder brothers Eric Wilkins born on 16 September 1888 and Hal born on 19 May 1890, and younger brother Noel Middleton born on 23 December 1896.  Each of Gordon Gutteridge’s siblings later progressed to have outstanding careers in their chosen professional fields as briefly outlined below.


Mary Gutteridge (1887-1962) undertook her initial education at the Faireleight School in St Kilda.  After further training in England, she became a kindergarten principal, a junior school principal, and the Director of Victoria’s first nursery school.  Later Mary achieved an international reputation as a scholar and teacher at Columbia University New York, the University of Minnesota, and at the Merrill-Palmer Institute Detroit where she became head of the department of early-childhood education.  During her career Mary studied in England and the United States and gained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1929, a Master of Arts degree in 1937 and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1940.  Mary Gutteridge worked in England, France, Australia and the United States and also travelled extensively including in Russia and Asia.  She died in Brisbane in 1962 at age 75 years; see Mellor (1996).


Eric Gutteridge (1888-1964) graduated from the University of Melbourne with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1912.  He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force with the Australian Army Medical Corps on 15 August 1914 and initially served as the Regimental Medical Officer with the rank of Captain in the 7th Infantry Battalion.  During 1914, one of the men who Dr EW Gutteridge examined and passed as fit for service in the Australian Imperial Force was the future Brigadier General Harold Edward Pompey Elliot CB CMG DSO DCM VD (1878-1931) (later a Senator for Victoria and, from 1927, Major General Elliot).  The then Lieutenant Colonel Elliot was the founder and initial commander of the 7th Infantry Battalion.


Captain Gutteridge served with the 7th Battalion at Gallipoli and in Egypt.  He was hospitalised on several occasions with various serious illnesses (including typhoid and dysentery) and was returned to Australia for ill health discharge in January 1916.


By May 1916, Eric Gutteridge’s health was sufficiently restored and he re‑enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force.  He proceeded overseas in September 1916 and arrived in England on 26 October 1916.  After service in England, the recently promoted Major Gutteridge was posted to France in April 1917 and also served in Belgium.


In Europe, he was attached to various units including 2 Field Ambulance, 7th Battalion, 10th Battalion, 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 3 Field Ambulance, and 3 Australian General Hospital (then at Abbeville on the lower Somme about 50 kilometres from the front, see painting below).  Gutteridge was promoted Lieutenant Colonel in November 1918.  He returned to England in March 1919 and returned to Australia from there.


No 3 Australian General Hospital at Abbeville, France.

Watercolour by Arthur Streeton 1918.

Australian War Memorial Accession Number: ART03529


From November 1918, Eric Gutteridge held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Medical Corps Reserve.  His AIF appointment was terminated in August 1919.  Between July 1922 and September 1930, Dr Eric Gutteridge continued to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Army Medical Corps in Melbourne.  During this period his duties included Area Medical Officer at Malvern and later at Caulfield, and Officer Commanding 3rd Cavalry Field Ambulance.  During his Reserve service while holding the rank of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Gutteridge’s pay and conditions were sometimes at a lower rank.  He was transferred to the unattached list of officers in 1930 and to the reserve list of officers in 1935.


At Geraldton on 16 December 1921, Lieutenant Colonel Eric Gutteridge married Evelyn Beatrice Josceline (Jocelyn) (1893-1982) the youngest daughter of Mr Joscelyn Beverly Percy (1856-1924) and his wife Elizabeth Susan Bessie Percy née Davis (1855-1928) of Tribradden Station (an historic fine wool pastoral lease about 30 kilometres east of Geraldton).  Eric and Jocelyn Gutteridge were to have 3 children.


In 1933, together with Arthur Dean, Eric Gutteridge wrote a 190-page unit history The Seventh Battalion AIF: résumé of the activities of the Seventh Battalion in the Great War 1914-1918.  This document is held in the Australian War Memorial and several major libraries.  (The future Sir Arthur Dean (1893‑1970) was later a judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria and had joined the 7th Battalion in France in the ranks during World War I.)


Sometime after 1926, Dr Eric Gutteridge practised from rooms in Victor Horsley Chambers which remain standing at Number 12 in the Paris end of Collins Street Melbourne, see image below.  Eric Gutteridge died in November 1964.  His remains were cremated at Springvale Crematorium on 17 November 1964.



A recent image of Victor Horsley Chambers.

Image from National Trust and Heritage Victoria web site.


Hal Gutteridge (1890-1956) attended Melbourne Grammar School and later graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Melbourne.  During World War I he served in the British Army from 1914 to 1919; initially as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 88th Field Company Royal Engineers.  Lieutenant Gutteridge saw action in France.  After the War, Hal Gutteridge settled in England where he practised as a consulting engineer in the mechanical engineering field.  From about 1935, he served on the Westminster City Council (within the County of London).  Hal Gutteridge served as mayor of the City of Westminster for 2 consecutive terms during 1947-1948.


In June 1952, he was elected chairman of Westminster City Council's finance committee for the Coronation year.  Both Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace were in the City of Westminster, thus Hal Gutteridge was greatly involved in the route preparations for the coronation of the 25-year old Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953.  Hal Gutteridge died at Lambeth, London on 13 October 1956; he was 66 years of age.


Noel Gutteridge (1896-1978) attended Melbourne Grammar School and was a second-year medical student when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in April 1918.  As a 21-year old he embarked in Sydney for overseas service as part of the 16th general reinforcements on 7 November 1918, just 4 days before the Armistice.  These reinforcements were later recalled and Noel was discharged from the AIF on 12 December 1918.  Afterwards he returned to his studies and graduated from the University of Melbourne with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in September 1923.  He later practised at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.


At Balwyn in January 1927, Noel Gutteridge married Nancy Gregory Heath (1903-1999) the youngest daughter of Methodist minister the Reverend Henry Stiles Heath (1868-1949) and his wife Ethel Ann née Albiston (1868-1956) then of Albert Park; Reverend Heath officiated at the wedding ceremony.  After their marriage the Gutteridges moved to Toowoomba where Noel was attached to the Commonwealth Health Laboratory.


In March 1938, Noel Gutteridge was granted a divorce from his wife Nancy on the grounds of her repeated misconduct with Francis Ernest (Frank) Helmore (1905-1987) formerly Professor of Dentistry at the University of Queensland where Dr Gutteridge was also a part-time lecturer.  Dr Gutteridge was granted custody of their 2 sons, Bruce and Donald, and was awarded costs against Helmore.


Nancy Gutteridge and Frank Helmore married at the Sydney suburb of Chatswood in 1939; they had 1 child, daughter Jennifer.  The Helmores settled in the eastern Sydney harbourside suburb of Vaucluse.  (Between August 1942 and February 1946, Frank Helmore served as a Major, Service Number NX103429 (N281507), with the 2/1 Australian General Hospital that was based in the Middle East and later at Merredin, Western Australia and then in New Guinea and Bougainville).  After her husband’s death in 1987, Nancy Helmore moved to Melbourne where she died on 4 March 1999; at about 96 years of age.  Nancy’s funeral service was held at the Le Pine chapel at 981 Burke Road Camberwell on 15 March 1999; it commenced at 2:30 pm.


From some time after 1930, Dr Noel Gutteridge practised from rooms in the Inchcolm Building at 72 Wickham Terrace in the inner-Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill; see image below.  From at least 1937, Dr Noel Gutteridge was working with the Queensland Nutrition Council and in 1939 he was chairman of the Council.  In 1942, Dr Noel Gutteridge was Deputy Assistant Director of Hygiene.


At the State Education convention in 1941, Dr Noel Gutteridge, who was representing the British Medical Association, proposed a scheme to provide a daily ration of milk to all school children.  Eventually a free milk scheme for school children operated in Queensland between 1953 and 1973.


A recent image of the Inchcolm building at 72 Wickham Terrace Spring Hill.

Image from Wikipedia web site.


During World War II Noel Gutteridge served with the Australian Army from 1939 to 1946, Service Number QX42595 (Q185057).  In 1941, the then Major Gutteridge was Chairman of the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service in Brisbane.  At discharge in 1946, he held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the Headquarters of the 2nd Australian Prisoner of War Reception Group.  In 1945, this Group had repatriated the Australian servicemen who had been prisoners‑of‑war from Changi in the eastern part of Singapore.


Major Noel Gutteridge during World War II.

Image from family tree on Ancestry web site.


In Victoria in 1945, Noel Gutteridge married Nancy Adrian (Curley) Curlewis (1915‑1998).  Nancy was born in Cairns on 29 June 1915 to Frederick Charles Patrick Curlewis (1876-1945) and his wife Harriet Ethne Curlewis née O’Brien (1894-1966).  Frederick and Harriet married at Corowa, New South Wales on 23 August 1910.  Before her marriage Harriett O’Brien was a nurse.  A sugar cane farmer at Cairns, Frederick Curlewis became Secretary of the Queensland Cane Growers Association in Brisbane in the 1930s.  In early 1943, Nancy Curlewis resided with her parents in the Brisbane suburb of Kelvin Grove and worked as a stenographer.  Between October 1943 and October 1945, Nancy Curlewis served in the Australian Army, Service Number QFX57506.  At discharge, Nancy held the rank of Corporal and was posted to the Blood Bank in Melbourne.  Nancy and Noel Gutteridge were to have 2 sons: Ross Curlewis (born February 1948) and Ian Noel (1951-1973).


In the 1920s, Dr Noel Gutteridge and Dr James Duhig started independent private pathology practices in Brisbane.  By 1959, the pathology service, Gutteridge Laboratories, had 8 staff and branches in Gympie, Nambour and Southport.  While Noel Gutteridge expanded into country areas, his doctor son Bruce directed numerous technical improvements to the service.  From 1967, the name Queensland Medical Laboratory was adopted.  These separate private pathology practices were passed on to the founders’ sons, Bruce Gutteridge and Robert and James Duhig.  In 1974, the practices of Bruce Gutteridge and Robert Duhig amalgamated under the name of Queensland Medical Laboratory.


When his father left QML in 1974 at around 78 years of age, Dr Bruce Gutteridge became Senior Partner until his own retirement in 1994.  By then, QML had over 1 500 staff.  (Bruce Heath Gutteridge (1928-2005) graduated in medicine in 1951 and during a distinguished medical career in London and Brisbane, he gave 52 years continuous service to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps between 1952 and 2004; Service Number 139155.  This service included volunteer service as a Lieutenant Colonel (Senior Pathologist and Resuscitationist) at the 1 Australian Field Hospital in Vung Tau, South Vietnam during 1969.)


Noel Middleton Gutteridge died in Brisbane on 20 October 1978; he was 81 years of age.  No further information on Noel’s death or funeral were found during research for this article.


Noel Gutteridge’s name is perpetuated at the Queensland University of Technology through the Noel Middleton Gutteridge Memorial Prize that is donated by the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists and awarded to the student who obtains, with distinction, the highest pass over the ninth to twelfth semesters of the part-time course leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science).




The author wishes to thank the following people who kindly provided valuable information that greatly assisted with the preparation of this article:

·       Peter Jensen, Lieutenant Colonel (retired), Royal Australian Survey Corps and President, Canberra Survey Corps Association.

·       Paul Wise OAM, former Nat Map Senior Surveyor (1969-1999) and founder, operator and editor-in-chief of the XNatmap web site.




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