Joseph Flude

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Joseph Flude, courtesy University of Ballarat Historical Collection

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History

Joseph Flude was born in 1825 at Keyham near Leicester, England. He married Priscilla Brown in 1853 and listed his occupation at that time as a bricklayer. In July of that same year he was appointed to a position in New South Wales as a Royal Sapper at the Royal Mint, Sydney, Australia. In 1864 he was employed as a gold assayer in Chewton, Victoria. He subsequently moved to Ballarat in 1868 and for a time he was working as a gold melter and subsequently an assayer the the National Bank of Australasia Limited.[1]

From 1871 to 1882 Flude worked as a chemist, metallurgist and assayer at the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB). He was the first member of the teaching staff at the SMB. According to the first Minute Book, Flude offered his services as a lecture in Metallurgy "gratuitously" on 17 November 1870.[2]

Commencing in January 1871, he lectured in inorganic Chemistry and Metallurgy at the SMB. He was appointed Superintendent of Laboratories at the stipend of 100 pounds per annum. He also received all fees for assays and analysis with the use of SMB laboratories and an office. He was a member of the SMB Council from 1871 to 1882, [3]and was made a Life Governor of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1872.

In 1878 Flude was a committee member of the Australian Juvenile Industrial Exhibition.

Flude was noted for his early gold smelting analyses and assays. He was also an assayed for the National Bank but by 1880 was fully employed by SMB. In 1875 together with fellow mine manager Robert Malachy Serjeant, he patented an apparatus for roasting pyrites. It was called "The Ballarat School of Mines Self-acting Pyrites Furnace". They subsequently signed the patent over to SMB in 1877. This novel furnace was the forerunner of the furnaces of the Band and Albion Consols mine and later Edwards' Pryrites & Ore Reduction Company in the White Horse Ranges, Ballarat. [4]

Joseph Flude resigned from the School suddenly in July 1881 due to ill-health and died in Lake Wendouree, Ballarat on 2 March 1892, aged 67. At the inquiry into his death by the Ballarat Coroner, James Fitzgerald JP, it was determined that he died from "drowning by suicide whilst of unsound mind".[5]

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References

  1. Flude, Anthony J.(2003). Joseph Flude 1825-1892 And The Other Flude Families of Australasia: Penfolk Publishing, Blackburn Victoria
  2. Flude, Anthony J.(2003). Joseph Flude 1825-1892 And The Other Flude Families of Australasia: Penfolk Publishing, Blackburn Victoria
  3. Flude, Anthony J.(2003). Joseph Flude 1825-1892 And The Other Flude Families of Australasia: Penfolk Publishing, Blackburn Victoria
  4. Flude, Anthony J.(2003). Joseph Flude 1825-1892 And The Other Flude Families of Australasia: Penfolk Publishing, Blackburn Victoria
  5. Flude, Anthony J.(2003). Joseph Flude 1825-1892 And The Other Flude Families of Australasia: Penfolk Publishing, Blackburn Victoria

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