David W. Bonar

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David Bonar became an Associate of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1912. He was manager of the Great Northern Tin Mine, Queensland, before enlisting in the AIF during World War One. In 1916 he held a commission with the Mining Corps.[1]


David W. Bonar's name is listed in the Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll.[2]

He represented Australia at the Brussels conference in 1947.[3]

See also

Australian Mining Corps

Ballarat School of Mines

World War One


Brussels in December was the meeting place of a conference of experts on public works, town planning, and civil engineering. North Queenslanders have a personal interest in it "for the man who represented Australia was born and brought up in North Queensland and is well known to many here.
He ls Mr. David W. Bonar, city surveyor and engineer to the city of Brunswick (one of the large cities incorporated in Melbourne)
Mr. Bonar is the eldest son of Mrs. A. H. Bonar, of Kairi, and of the late Mr. W. M. Bonar, of Herberton.
Early in October Mrs. Bonar received word that her son had been selected to represent Australia at the Brussels Conference and had been warned to he ready to leave at any moment. The Mayor and Councillors of Brunswick gave a public dinner in his honour and eventually he left Sydney on November 9 by the A.N.A. Flying-boat Hythe. Tea in Bowen was followed by breakfast in Darwin, and on November 17 Mr. Bonar landed in Poole and thence travelled 120 miles by train to London. Approximately five days were allowed for consultation and preparation in England, and then on November 25 the conference opened in Brussels.
Mr. Bonar was a pupil of Herberton State School under Mr. Blakey and Mr. Fifoot. Later he went to Maryborough Grammar School, and from there to Ballarat School of Mines. Having gained his mining certificates, he went first to a responsible mining position in Tasmania and later returned to the mining field in North Queensland. He served with the Australian Expeditionary Services in the Pioneer Corps during World War I, rising from private to lieutenant and being retained after the conclusion of hostilities for "cleaning up" purposes. He brought back with him a Military Cross. On his return to Victoria he married Miss R. McTaggart, of Ballarat, and with his bride came back to the North. Finding too little scope in mining here at that time he reurned to Melbourne, obtained the subordinate position of assistant to the Brunswick City Engineer and. took up the study of civil engineering at the Workingman's College. After gaining all his certificates in civil engineering he "was appointed engineer to Collingswood city, and a short timelater returned to Brunswick as chief engineer.[4]


  1. Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1916, p46.
  2. Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll, University of Ballarat Historical Collection cat.no 536
  3. CairnsPost, 11 January 1947.
  4. CairnsPost, 11 January 1947.

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--Clare K.Gervasoni 23:08, 11 February 2015 (AEDT)

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