Edward Maurice Grant – The Forgotten Electrical Pioneer

Monday 17 February 2014

Edward Maurice Grant – The Forgotten Electrical Pioneer

Presented by Richard Venus

There were a number of significant events in the establishment of electricity supply in South Australia including the first installation of electric lighting, the supply of power to Adelaide’s first electric street light, the supply of power to Adelaide’s first electricity consumer, and the formation of the company which became Adelaide’s first electricity supplier. One man alone was responsible for all of these achievements, and more, but his story has been largely consigned to the back pages of history. Richard’s presentation, first given at the SA Engineering Heritage Conference in 2013, will correct that oversight.

Richard is currently Chairman of the Engineering Heritage SA Committee and Vice President of the History Council of South Australia. Richard gained his interest in engineering heritage when he worked for the Electricity Trust of SA and became its unofficial historian. In 2009 his illustrated guide to the Engineering Heritage of the City of Adelaide was published. One section of the guide deals with electricity supply, but the story he will relate in his address came as a surprise, revealed only during his research into the electrical engineering career of Sir Charles Todd.

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Edward Maurice Grant – The Forgotten Electrical Pioneer

Presented by Richard Venus

There were a number of significant events in the establishment of electricity supply in South Australia including the first installation…

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