Engineering drawings and associated items on aperture cards, (16,000 approx), in 12 filing drawers, Julius Poole and Gibson P/L Consulting Engineers, Sydney, Australia, 1907-1991
Historical Significance: The aperture card engineering drawings provide a comprehensive record of the projects undertaken by Julius Poole and Gibson, Australia's first and oldest firm of consulting engineers. The records provide an overview of engineering practice in all disciplines of engineering (mechanical, electrical, lighting, civil, structural, and mining) during the periods when engineering in Australia underwent major changes in technique and practice.
Provenance and Associations: All of the items in this collection were produced by either the original or latter partners and directors of the firm, either individually or collaboratively. This singular provenance may therefore be regarded as a unique record of the work undertaken by a distinguished Australian firm of engineers.
Engineering Drawing Standards: Julius Poole and Gibson, especially through the work of William Poole (1868-1929), were involved in the original committee that was established to formulate and implement the first Commonwealth Standard on Engineering Drawings (1933). This collection is significant in regard to the early and late committee work on drawing standards, as it demonstrates standards and representations of them in such items as title blocks, lettering, sectioning and symbols for materials, dimensioning, scales, surface finish, electrical symbols, welds and gears.
Release of Drawings into a Public Collection: This is, perhaps, a slightly unusual, but nevetheless an interesting aspect of significance, in that the Institution of Engineers, Australia, have made available to the Museum on the basis of "the first public release" the Julius Poole and Gibson aperture card series of engineering drawings, thus signifying the Institution's view of the Museum as Australia's most suitable repository for the collection. The significance in this case may be viewed as an expression of the 'collegiality' between the two institutions.
The design drawings were produced by a number of engineers who worked for the firm, and shows their drawing styles and approach to the practise of standardization of engineering drawings. In regard to the change in design methodology, the date range of the collection reflects an important change, namely, the implementation of CAD (computer aid design) systems into the firm during the late 1980s.
All of the projects (about 16,000) on the aperture cards were produced by Julius Poole and Gibson.
The material has not been exchanged. The owners have historically been the engineers who have, at various periods, worked at Julius Poole and Gibson Pty. Ltd.