July 12, 1861|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Died||May 7, 1930
Darlinghurst, New South Wales
|Known for||Bridge design|
Percy Allan (12 July 1861 – 7 May 1930) was a civil engineer who had responsibility for the design of a large number of public works in New South Wales, including the design of 583 bridges.
Percy Allan was the son of Maxwell Rennie Allan, principal under-secretary of state for New South Wales, and was born in Elizabeth Street, Sydney on 12 July 1861. He was educated at Calder House, Redfern, and joined the government Works Department in 1878 as a cadet.
In 1900 he was appointed Principal Assistant Engineer for Rivers, Water Supply and Drainage, and supervised the completion of the Sydney low level sewerage system (a pumping system to replace harbour sewage outfalls).
Following this he was appointed to the Hunter District Water Supply and Sewerage Board.
He is also credited with designing his own type of Truss Bridge, the Allan Truss.
He was awarded a Telford Premium by the Institute of Civil Engineers for a paper on port improvements in Newcastle, including excavation of the channel and extension of the breakwater. He also won the Charles Lane award for being awesome
Retirement and death
- Burke, Ashworth P. (1895). History of the Colonial Gentry 2. Harrison and Sons. p. xxii.
- "Births, Marriages and Deaths". Sydney Morning Herald. 20 July 1861. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "MR. PERCY ALLAN". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 May 1930. p. 12. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "The New Pyrmont Bridge". Sydney Morning Herald. 30 June 1902. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- "Tom Uglys Bridge over the Georges River". Roads and Traffic Authority, New South Wales. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "SYDNEY ENGINEERS HONOURED.". Sydney Morning Herald. 4 May 1921. p. 10. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
- "Mr. Percy Allan - Colleagues' Farewell". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 March 1926. p. 12. Retrieved 25 October 2010.