(1896–1978) became known as the ‘father of the Snowy’ for his role as commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority 1949–67. Born in NZ, Hudson completed his training as a civil engineer overseas, after service in World War I. He became an expert on the construction of dams and hydroelectric schemes, which led to his Australian appointment. Hudson was evangelical about the scheme, and imbued the workers with unity and purpose. He introduced revolutionary work practices intended to maintain the momentum of work; among other measures, employing a private arbitrator to deal with industrial disputes and introducing a safety campaign that included compulsory seatbelts. He was also adept at promoting the scheme to the Australian populace by presenting it as a symbol of national pride. He is remembered at Cooma, NSW, the home of the Snowy Mountain Authority, by the Sir William Hudson Memorial Centre.
From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.