Arthur Knight

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Arthur Knight

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  • Arthur Charles Eagle Knight
  • Arthur C.E. Knight

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Arthur Charles Eagle Knight (1928-1993), was an engineer, amateur inventor, sailor, steam buff, photographer, motorist and bushwalker, who was active in many community and cultural organisations in Tasmania, living most of his adult life at Lindisfarne on the eastern shore of the Derwent River. He was born in Launceston to parents, Charles Eagle Leonard (Len) Knight, a surveyor, originally of Windermere Park, Claremont, and Dorothy Muriel (nee Hutchinson), originally of Logan, Bothwell, whose father, Rev. Arthur Hutchinson, was an Anglican Church minister. Arthur’s parents lived in several locations as his father surveyed many parts of Tasmania. Arthur attended school at Clemes College, Hobart, then enrolled at Launceston Church Grammar School, where he matriculated in 1947, before completing an engineering degree at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. He worked as a civil engineer and hydraulics engineer from the early 1950s, firstly with the Hobart City Council, then the Hydro-Electric Commission from 1962. Arthur met his future wife Margaret through the Hobart Walking Club, which he joined in 1948, and they married in 1957, raising three children. At Arthur's suggestion, the Hobart Walking Club advised the Tasmanian Government’s Scenic Preservation Board in 1954 that a reserve should be declared around Lake Pedder in the state's south-west, and the area was turned into a National Park in 1955. Arthur initiated a walker’s safety booklet, Safety in the Bush, first published by the Hobart Bushwalking Club, in 1962. Arthur owned a Kodak 35mm camera to take Kodak colour slide photographs during his many bushwalks and later purchased a Pentax SLR camera with wide angle and zoom lenses. Arthur was also involved in the Tasmanian Transport Museum, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania and the Veteran Car Club of Australia (Tasmania). He built his own boiler and steam engine, adapted from Victa motor mower parts, to power a former cray fishing boat, and in 1962 bought a Rolls-Royce for 500 pounds, which he restored and ran with the Veteran Car Club. In his retirement he contributed to academic journals on fluid dynamics and hydraulic engineering. Arthur was unrelated to the engineer Allan Walton Knight (1910-1998) the long-serving Commissioner of the Hydro-Electric Commission.


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Telephone conversation with Margaret Knight, 3 August 2018.

The Examiner (1926). “Woman’s world: wedding bells, Knight-Hutchinson", item on the wedding of Charles Eagle Leonard Knight to Dorothy Muriel Hutchinson, The Examiner, 11 December 1926, p14. Retrieved from

Bromby, P. (1924). Homestead at "Logan", Bothwell, Tasmania (Rev. Arthur Hutchinson) [picture]. State Library of Victoria.

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The Advocate (1947), “Leaving exam results”, The Advocate, 13 March 1947, p3.

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Lake Pedder, Companion to Tasmanian History

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Hobart Walking Club (2010). Hobart Walking Club Inc. A record of eighty-one years 1929 to 2010. Retrieved from

The Mercury (1914). “Claremont, It’s History and To-Day", By our Travelling Correspondent, The Mercury, 10 March 1914.

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Knight, A. C. E. (1989). Design of Efficient Side?Channel Spillway, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (115, 9), (September 1989). Reston, VA: American Society of Engineers. Retrieved from

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