Owen Peake


Graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1964 with a Fellowship Diploma in Electrical Engineering and joined the Commonwealth Department of Works as a cadet.

Early work was in Papua New Guinea principally on the Rouna No.2 hydro-electric power station near Port Moresby.

Moved to the Northern Territory and worked for the Power and Water Authority and its predecessors for 30 years in various roles. Early work was in transmission and distribution followed by a period as Manager of the Stokes Hill oil-fired steam power station and Project Manager for the Channel Island gas-fired combined cycle gas turbine power station. This was followed by a period as Chairman of the Northern Territory Electricity Commission and various management roles after the formation of the multi-utility Power and Water Authority, culminating in four years as Chief Executive Officer.

From 1997, carried out various tasks for the Northern Territory Government, primarily in the Information Technology area and served in East Timor in 2000 managing the electricity and water supply after the 1999 intervention by international forces.

After retirement more time was available for Engineering Heritage activities and volunteer support for Engineers Australia including two years as President of Northern Division in 2006 and 2007.

Current Engineering Heritage activities include Acting Chair of Engineering Heritage Australia, representative in Australia of the International Stationary Steam Engine Society (ISSES) and various projects for the Friends of the North Australia Railway.