Deposit N175 - Clerk of Works Institute of Australia deposit

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Clerk of Works Institute of Australia deposit


  • 1958 - 2002 (Creation)

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0.1 m (1 box)

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(1958 - 1984)

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The Clerk of Works Institute of Australia was formed in 1958 and incorporated in September 1959. The Institute was formed for professional support of Clerks of Works employed to supervise and inspect major building projects as the representative of the building owner, working directly to the architect. Members of the Institute were also representatives on advisory committees for Building Foreman and Clerk of Works courses at technical colleges. The institute had over 300 members in 1970 and chapters in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. It was deregistered on 20 December 1984.

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Jack Roberts was a member of the Clerks of Works Institute of Australia (CWIA) from 1959 and served as its President in 1966. He was instrumental in the formation of chapters in South Australia, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia. He was employed as the Clerk of Works on the Sydney Opera House 1959-1966 and for other building projects such as the Ampol and the Colonial Mutual Life buildings in North Sydney and in Martin Place, Sydney. He was elected as a Fellow in 1966 and an Honorary Fellow in 1985.

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The collection includes the Memorandum and Articles of Association, an early minute book, a membership list and various publications, including some of the Institute of Clerks of Works of Great Britain on which the Australian equivalents were based. Records of Jack Roberts include a memoir and correspondence relating to the Sydney Opera House project.


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Entered from deposit description on 15 October 2012




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