Norman Selfe (1839–1911) was an Australian engineer, naval architect,
inventor, urban planner and outspoken advocate of technical education.
After immigrating to Sydney with his family from England as a boy he
became an apprentice engineer, following his father's trade. Selfe
designed many bridges, docks, boats, and much precision machinery for
the city. He also introduced new refrigeration, hydraulic, electrical
and transport systems. For these achievements he received international
acclaim during his lifetime. Decades before the Sydney Harbour Bridge
was built, the city came close to building a Selfe-designed steel
cantilever bridge across the harbour after he won the second public
competition for a bridge design. Selfe was commemorated in his lifetime
by the name of the Sydney suburb of Normanhurst. He was energetically
involved in organisations such as the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
and the Australian Historical Society, and fought consistently for the
establishment of an independent system of technical education. He was
acknowledged upon his death as one of the best-known people in, and
greatest individual influences upon, the city of Sydney.
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