File F3842 - William Curnow papers

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William Curnow papers


  • 1970-2013 (Creation)

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William (Bill) Curnow grew up on a dairy farm which was sold in 1952. The family moved to Brisbane to allow the Curnow children to attend high school. Curnow secured a Commonwealth Scholarship to study architecture at the University of Queensland. At that time the architecture course was embedded with engineering and science. After graduation Curnow working life has included work as: an architectural assistant at the RAAF Amberley; was seconded to CSIRO as Northern Regional Architect working on the development of research laboratories; worked with CSIRO in Melbourne as Project Manager and Architect for the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL); worked in correctional services; worked with Thiess; was appointed Con-joint Professor and Chairman, Property and Infrastructure Development within the Faculaty of Engineer and Architecture at Newcastle University. He retired at the age of 65 to research a cure for Parkinson's Disease with which he was diagnosed in 2003.

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Correspondence, speech notes and arwork related to Bill Curnow. Incoming and outgoing correspondence includes: working with CSIRO as Project Architect for the Australian National Animal Health Laboratory (ANAHL); with Correctional Facilities; Thiess; the University of Newcastle; and references with biographical information such as career highlights.

Speech notes include: Speech given entitled ‘C.S.I.R.O. Laboratory Animals, Their Production, Care and Housing’, 16 Feb 1972; Keynote address given at the occasion of the graduation dinner. Corrective Services Academy, Department of Corrective Services, New South Wales, 2 Dec 1994; Paper presented to the Queensland University of Technology’s Faculty of building Science entitles ‘The Changing faces of Architecture’ [undated]; Handwritten notes for a speech on private prisons entitled ‘Measuring the tangible and intangible benefits of a tender’ [undated]; Handwritten document about the development of private prisons in Australia entitled ‘Southern Cross Corrections’ [undated]; Typed document entitled ‘The Australian National Animal Health Laboratory’ [undated]; Brochure for Wang’s OPEN/image software used by the Royal Commission into the New south Wales Police Service, annotated, [undated]; andPhotocopy of handwritten notes outlining Curnow’s professional achievements and personal life [undated].

There is a caricature portrait of William Curnow, created on 22 Mar 1970 by unknown artist [initials B.Y.K.].

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Created, Linda Justo, 11-Jun-2021.




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