Switched-On Queensland by Dr. Jan King

Published by the Queensland Energy Museum, this book tells the story of electrical expansion into the rural and outback areas of Queensland, and the pioneering individuals, private companies, local authorities, regional boards, construction gangs and electricity industry employees who made this possible.

The book concentrates on the 1930’s to the 1970’s, however the 9 page introduction deals with the history of electricity (and its predecessor reticulated gas) from its invention to its public use in Brisbane in the 1880’s.

Many other technologies are referred to like dynamo machines, steam engines, hydro-electric powerhouses and diesel engine driven generators that provided power.

This book is thoroughly researched with large numbers of footnotes, black and white photos, maps, 11 pages of index and 5 pages of bibliography.

Leave a Reply