12 July 1861|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||7 May 1930
, New South Wales, Australia
|Known for||Bridge design; Allan Truss bridge|
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, which was a pumping system to replace harbour sewage outfalls. Following this he was appointed to the Hunter District Water Supply and Sewerage Board. He returned to the Public Works Department in 1912, and had overall design responsibility for the steel Pratt truss–type Tom Uglys Bridge over the Georges River. 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
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- "Births, Marriages and Deaths". The 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". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 June 1902. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- "Tom Uglys Bridge over the Georges River (1929)". Heritage and conservation register. Roads and Traffic Authority, New South Wales. 16 March 2001. 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.