Melbourne School of Engineering collections host museum internship student
Frances Robson, a masters of museum studies student from the University of Sydney, has recently completed an internship with the Melbourne School of Engineering collections. Frances completed documentation of a photograph album compiled by engineering student Athol Bennett in 1901-1903, now held in the Surveying & Geomatic Engineering Collection. The album contains photographs of the recently completed Engineering Building, student activities on campus, excursions to mines and lighthouses, and photographs of the expedition to Lake Eyre in 1901, led by geology professor John Walter Gregory. A related album, created by fellow student James Robert Valentine Anderson, held in Special Collections at the Baillieu Library, shares several photos with the Bennett album.
Frances Robson also undertook research on Diane Lemaire (1923-2012), who graduated in 1944 as the first female engineering graduate at the University of Melbourne, and went on to a long career as a research leader at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories at Fishermans Bend. Through an oral history with one of Diane Lemaire’s friends, and contact with descendants, her school and college, a richer picture of her life and career has emerged.
Image: The Amelia Earhart Zonta Award, presented to Diane Lemaire as a recipient of a Zontian International Fellowship to support women in aerospace engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering collection, University of Melbourne