Sir William Hudson (27 April 1896 – 12 September 1978) was a New Zealand-born engineer who headed construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme for hydroelectricity and irrigation in Australia from 1949 to 1967, when he reluctantly retired at 71. The scheme was completed in 1974, under budget and before time.Early life and family
Hudson was born in Nelson, New Zealand, the son of James Hudson and Beatrice Jane Andrew. His maternal grandfather was John Chapman Andrew and his maternal grandmother was Emma Fendall. He was educated at Nelson College from 1908 to 1914, the University of London and the University of Grenoble. During his time studying in London, he visited the site of an early attempt to put a tunnel under the river Severn, an endeavour undertaken by his ancestor William Fendall among others.Career
Hudson served with the British Army in France (for three years), worked for Armstrong Whitworth & Co, as assistant engineer on the M
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