Science and Engineering


26 October 2012

The man who was involved in the design and construction of some Australia's most significant bridges is one of two construction engineers who have been inducted into Queensland's Construction Hall of Fame.

John Kindler, who was involved with the construction of the Sydney Harbour and Story bridges, has been posthumously inducted into the Construction Hall of Fame, along with South Bank Parklands Development construction manager Ken Casley of Wellington Point.

The Construction Hall of Fame, housed at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is a joint initiative of the construction industry and the university.

QUT Executive Dean, Science and Engineering Faculty, Professor Martin Betts said both construction engineers well-deserved their Distinguished Constructor awards.

"Details of their many significant achievements are now housed in the Hall of Fame which is located in 'S' block at QUT's Gardens Point campus," he said.

"Innovation in engineering and construction throughout history has been responsible for the development of our modern cities and all they encompass, as well as our major road, rail and dam developments.

"It's fitting to acknowledge the ingenuity and hard work of those who have helped build Queensland into the modern state it is today."

Professor Betts said Mr Kindler's innovation in design saw Australia's first use of high-tensile bolting during the construction of rail bridges over the Burdekin and Indooroopilly rivers.

"As Queensland's Chief Engineer, Mr Kindler was closely involved in the design and construction of the Riverside Expressway and Victoria and Captain Cook bridges," he said.

"He also designed and built Australia's first air-conditioned church, St Stephen's at Coorparoo.

"Sadly Mr Kindler never saw the final construction of these major projects, dying at his desk on 25 June 1968, the day he was to be appointed Coordinator General."

Professor Betts said Mr Kindler had been instrumental in the development of the former Queensland Institute of Technology and a QUT lecture theatre and Trust had been named in his honour.

He said Mr Casley had had a varied career as a major project manager having overseen developments of the Fiji Electrical Authority, a coal mine in Indonesia as well as the South Bank Parklands Development in Brisbane.

"Mr Casley also oversaw planning of the second Gateway Bridge and Motorway, the Ross River Dam and Eidsvold Weir," he said.

Media contact: Rose Trapnell, QUT media officer, 07 3138 2361 or

A gung-ho John Kindler at the centre of the under-construction Sydney Harbour Bridge and below his daughter Laurel Greenhalgh with Construction Hall of Fame inductee Ken Casley.


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