Henry Payne (1871-1945) engineer and educationalist
Henry Payne, engineer and educationist was a devoutly religious man. Payne took an active part as a deacon in the affairs of the Independent Church, Collins Street, and supported the Student Christian Movement, presenting it with some acres of land from his property at Healesville, where he had indulged his love of the Australian bush in vacations and in retirement.
Henry Payne, engineer and educationist, was born on 9 March 1871 at Calcutta, India, son of Rev. James Edward Payne of the London Missionary Society.
A man of widespread professional interests and activities, Payne supported the Melbourne University Engineering Society (president, 1910) and the Victorian Institute of Engineers (president, 1914). He represented the Institution of Civil Engineers in Victoria, chairing its local committee in 1924-25. A member of the first council of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, in 1919, and chairman of its Melbourne division in 1929, he was active in its promotion.
Payne was appointed to Commonwealth government committees concerned with munitions during World War I and aircraft construction; he also chaired the Air Accident Investigations Committee in 1926-31. He encouraged electric welding research, materials testing, and the development of architecture and aeronautics, supporting the acquisition of a wind tunnel for the school in 1921, and became an honorary fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1930. He was involved also in the activities of local engineering firms, such as Kelly & Lewis and McColl Electric Works, and bodies such as the Allied Societies Trust. For twenty-four years he was a director of Commonwealth Oil Refineries Ltd.
A devoutly religious man, Payne took an active part as a deacon in the affairs of the Independent Church, Collins Street, and supported the Student Christian Movement, presenting it with some acres of land from his property at Healesville, where he had indulged his love of the Australian bush in vacations and in retirement.
Complete article : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110175b.htm
Obituary. Professor Henry Payne http://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/content/article/10.1680/ijoti.1945.13939
Refer associates : Thomas Upton https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/thomas-upton/
and William Calder https://atributetoaustralianchristians.wordpress.com/2010/10/22/william-calder/
The High-Speed Compression Engine – Its Design, Operation and Maintenance : Henry Payne http://www.biblioz.com/search.php?a=88&i=43745411&Id=177713613&page=
Image : St Michael’s Uniting Church, Collins Street Melbourne. Previously known as the Independent Church.
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