Faculty of Engineering


Blasts from the past

A collection of fondly remembered staff and alumni from the University of Auckland's Faculty of Engineering (also known as the School of Engineering); along with fondly remembered locations and facilities over 20th and 21st centuries.

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Professor Archibald Gordon Bogle


Professor Archibald Gordon Bogle

An educated man in the fullest sense  

“[He was] a fund of apposite verses and quotations ranging from the classical to the light-hearted. These faculties were coupled with a wonderful sense of humour and a ready wit.”

Professor Archibald Gordon Bogle was the founding head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, founded in 1953. Here he is in 1969 in a photograph by Anton Estie.

University of Auckland. Department of Electrical Engineering. Extract from an obituary by Professor Peter Brothers (2005):

Emeritus Professor Archibald Gordon Bogle, was the founding head of the University of Auckland Department of Electrical Engineering. In 1953, he accepted an invitation to become the first professor and Head of Department of Electrical Engineering and later became the Dean at Auckland  University's School of Engineering, then at Ardmore. He joined Professors Alan Titchener and Neil Mowbray, to become one of the three founders of the school, now the largest in the country.

The school moved into Auckland in 1969. Professor Bogie was distinguished in his field but was much more than an electrical engineer. He was an educated man in the fullest sense - keenly interested in a wide range of matters, literate and widely-read and possessed of a mind well-furnished until very late in life with a fund of apposite verses and quotations ranging from the classical to the light- hearted. These faculties were coupled with a wonderful sense of humour and a ready wit and, with his vivacious wife, Helen, as hostess, the Bogie home became a lively hub for parties, attracting a stimulating mixture of people from academia, the arts and industry.

While his analytical mind proved intimidating to some of his students and he never accepted second best, former students recall him as a fine teacher who was patient with those struggling to master a topic. He was a strong advocate of a broad education for engineering students and insistent that they should be capable of expressing themselves accurately. To this end, he introduced a general studies programme of humanities subjects into the engineering curriculum, which continued for some 15 years.

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The mystery man lodging at the Engineering Hostel in Ardmore, 1966

The mystery man lodging at the Engineering Hostel in Ardmore 66 image2

 

No date information was recorded for this picture, but it can be pinpointed reasonably confidently to Tuesday, 13 September 1966 thanks to the calendar on the rear wall, and the open desk diary.

Below is a ca.1964 shot of the "new" Engineering hostel at Ardmore (from a damaged negative).

As well as the date, something of the life and times of this anonymous student can be inferred from the rich detail recorded in this sheet-film negative: his taste in music evidently ran to The New Christy Minstrels and Helmut Zacharias.

Australia's Gold Coast seems to have been then, as now, a popular destination (see perspective-rectified ceiling posters, among the details at right. The folk performing in medieval costume outdoors are a mystery though).

 

 

The mystery man lodging at the Engineering Hostel in Ardmore 1966
Details available to the photographer once the image was zoomed in revealed the date of the photograph and the student's personal interests. His identity still remains a mystery.

Do you have an inkling who this studious chap might be? If you have an image and a story to share with us from your Halcyon Days, we’re all ears. Email: Foe-content@auckland.ac.nz