Hurren, Langman and James Engineers

University of South Australia
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Hurren, Langman and James Engineers

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The engineering partnership of Hurren, Langman and James consisted of Frank Hurren ASASM (1899-1992), William Wilson Langman and Wesley Hughes James ME (Adel), FSASM, MIE Aust, (b1898). "During 1928 Hurren established the first sustained consulting structural engineering practice in Adelaide to meet the small but growing need for more specialised reinforced concrete structural expertise. His practice survived the hard years of the Depression due to [Hurren's] drive and self-motivation. For over twenty years, the practice of Hurren, Langman and James was the pre-eminent consulting structural engineering firm in Adelaide, highly respected for its innovation and the quality of its work" (Stacy 2005 p87). On 10 August 1956, on the retirement of Frank Hurren, the partnership of Hurren, Langman and James was dissolved. James and Langman continued as Langman and James from 1 July 1956.

Frank Hurren studied at the S.A. School of Mines and Industries then worked in Sydney. On his return to Adelaide he worked with both E. Stone and M.S. Stanley, and later, in partnership with Langman and James he designed the structures of many Adelaide buildings, such as Shell House, Elizabeth House, the Bank of N.S.W. and the Savings Bank Building. William (Bill) Langman was Mayor of Burnside 1967-68 and was very active in the Adelaide Rotary Club. Wesley Hughes James studied at the University of Adelaide and became a Junior Assistant Engineer in the Engineer-in Chief's Department in 1922. He then went to England and America, returning to Adelaide in 1927 where he gained the Degree of Master of Engineering in 1931. James worked with W. Francis before joining with Hurren and Langman, where he designed such structures as the Pt. Augusta and Osborne Power Stations. He was Chairman of the Institution of Engineers (S.A. Division) in 1944 (Cumming and Moxam 1986).

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