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Duncan Waterson

Duncan Waterson

Duncan Waterson is Emeritus Professor of History at Macquarie University, Sydney. He was born at Matamata, New Zealand, in 1935 and was educated at Matamata College and Auckland University College where he graduated with first-class Honours in history.
Between 1961 and 1963 he was a Research Scholar in History at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, Canberra. Completing his PhD in 1964 he lectured at Monash University, 1964-77, before becoming Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University.
In 1970 Professor Waterson was a Corporation Fellow at Harvard University and in 1988 Visiting Professor of History at Beijing Foreign Studies University. His teaching has been in the fields of Australian, New Zealand, migrant, Scots and political history, and also concentrating on the supervision of Honours and post-graduate students. He retired in 2001 but continues to write, supervise and lecture.
Waterson’s major works include a History of the Darling Downs (Queensland), a short biography of Sir Thomas McIlwraith, several pictorial histories of Queensland and Sydney as well as three Biographical Registers of the Queensland Parliament, thirty entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, several for the New Zealand Dictionary of Biography and the Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate, as well as several other articles in diverse topics.
Since 1989 Professor Waterson has been a regular visitor to Turkey where his father fought with the 1NZEF in 1915. He is overseer of a large ARC-funded Research Project translating Turkish Archival sources into English for publication.
In 2001 his retirement was marked by a Festschrift, From the Frontier in the Journal of Australian Studies.

Paper: The transformation of Engineering Entrepreneur to Multi-faceted Specialist

Abstract: This paper examines the role of the "engineer triumphant" in the Nineteenth Century Imperial context to the professions' explosion in the Twentieth Century. The emergence of the consumer society, nuclear engineering, the military/industrial complexes and the challenges to the monumental "Big Projects" such as the T.U.A., The Three Gorges Dam, the Snowy Mountains Scheme, Aswan High Dam, and the Russian river/steppe experiences will be briefly considered. Finally, the role of the finance-based corporate state, the rise of the Green Movement in the West, together with the challenge of climate change, population growth and short-term political programmes will be mentioned within the context of an expanding but often frustrated profession

Keynotes
Sir Neil Cossons
Paul Davies
David Dolan
Wayne Johnson
Euan McQueen
Robert McWilliam
Duncan Waterson
Authors
David Beauchamp
Trevor Butler
Matthew Churchward
Andrew Cleland
Rachael Egerton
John Fitzmaurice
Don Fraser
John Gibson
Owen Graham
David Hamilton
Bill Harvey
Peter Holmes
Kevin Jones
Paul Mahoney
Tom Williamson
Peter Lowe
Peter Marquis-Kyle
Gavin McLean
Rob Merrifield
Owen Peake
Miles Pierce
John Porter
Nigel Ridgway
Tony Silke
Jim Staton
Richard Venus
Ian Walsh
Daniel Woo
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