Degree Name

Master of Engineering (Hons.)


Department of Civil and Mining Engineering


The Australian economy in the post second world war period heralded a golden age of expansion with the returned servicemen assured of jobs. The employment was based upon a historically sound agriculture culture with markets for wool and grain available in a hungry world and the potentially Insatiable demand of the Japanese Industry for coal and Iron ore. Labour shortages which threatened the rate of expansion were eased by a favourable immigration policy. This policy sought to provide skilled labour for Industry and a potential local demand for domestic products. Government investment in capital programmes such as the Snowy Mountain scheme could take a high proportion of service skilled labour and at the same time open up areas for the development of satellite industrial areas to decentralise Industry.