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William Moore
Margaret Hitchings
(Cal 1824-1919)
Alfred Henry Shaw
Hannah Heywood
John James Moore
Amelia Sarah Shaw

Malcolm Stewart Moore


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Annie Victoria McCowan

Malcolm Stewart Moore 2 3

  • Born: 8 Feb 1888, Milton, Brisbane 4 5
  • Marriage: Annie Victoria McCowan in 1922 in Victoria 1
  • Died: 1969, Toorak, Melbourne 6

  General Notes:


(Written by Mr. Ed Speadborough for Volume 15 of the Australian Dictionary of Biography published 2000)

Malcolm Stewart Moore, engineer and industrialist, was born on 8 February 1888 at Milton, Brisbane, son of John James Moore, a Queensland-born ironmonger, and his wife Amelia Sarah (nee Shaw), who came from Melbourne. William Moore (q.v.10) was his uncle. Malcolm attended a state school in Brisbane and Caulfield Grammar School, Melbourne; he then studied mining and civil engineering at the University of Melbourne (B.M.E., 1911; B.C.E., 1912). During World War 1 he worked in Britain as assistant general manager (1915-16) of the National Projectile Factories, Glasgow and as director (1917-18) of the National Ordnance Factories Section, London, both of which came under the control of the Ministry of Munitions.

Back in Melbourne, he established Malcolm Moore (Industries) Ltd. in 1921 and advertised his services as a manufacturer's agent and engineer. At the Presbyterian Church, Kew, on 14 November 1922 he married Anna Victoria McCowan; they were to remain childless. In 1927 he set up his firm's manufacturing centre in Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne. Branches were later opened in every State capital and several provincial centres. Appreciating the need for increased productivity in many areas of industry, he made his firm a specialist in in the design and manufacture of mechanical handling and construction equipment. In 1953 he retired to devote himself to his educational and philanthropic interests.

Moore and a number of other industrialists had asked the Education Department in 1937 to introduce courses for foremen and to hold these classes at the Melbourne Technical College. In 1939 he was a foundation member of the M.T.C. Foremanship Association: it changed its name to the Industrial Management Association of Australia in 1940, to the Institute of Industrial Management of Australia in 1941 and to the Australian Institute of Management in 1949. He served on the national council and was president in 1956-58. A generous benefactor to the Institute and its State divisions, he gave Pounds 25,000 in 1961-64 to help build Management House, Brisbane. In World War 2 he had been an engineering consultant to the Commonwealth Department of Supply and Development (Shipping) and a member of the Australian Army Mechanisation Board.

A man of integrity and compassion, Moore was active in the Australian Inland Mission's aerial medical service and in establishing (1942) the (Royal) Flying Doctor Service of Australia. He was a long-time councillor and president (1947-51) of the Victorian section of the R.F.D.S., and served on the federal council as secretary, treasurer, consultant and president (1956-58). In 1958 he was appointed C.B.E. He was awarded the Australian Institute of Management's (Sir) John Storey [q.v.] medal (1963) , Rotary's vocational service award (1965) and the Institution of Production Engineers' Jack Finlay national award.

Moore belonged to the Athenaeum Club. He was also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining an Metallury; the Institution of Engineers, Australia; the Institution of Civil Engineers, London and the I.P.E.,London. Survived by his wife, he died on 24 November 1969 at Toorak and was cremated. He left 30% of his estate as a bequest to promote management education. His portrait by Paul Fitzgerald is held by the Australian Institute of Management, Queensland Division.

[from Bob Summers Nov 2003]

From searches on web seems to have been located in Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne - produced staem engines etc Malcolm Moore Industries previously Malcolm Moore Pty Ltd



Malcolm married Annie Victoria McCowan, daughter of Alexander McCowan and Anna Cullen, in 1922 in Victoria.1 (Annie Victoria McCowan was born Cal 1887 and died in 1973 in Hawthorn 7.)


1 Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Index,, Marriage. Name: MOORE - Malcolm Stewart
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Year: 1922 Reg. Number: 11827
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Spouse: MCCOWAN - Annie Victoria.

2 Photo Albums Digital images stored in Albums folder, Album 4 - 010.tif.

3 Miscellaneous Documents, MHM conv MHS 1992.

4 Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Index,, Death. Age 81.

5 Family Tree - Bob Summers 2003.

6 Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Index,, Death. Name: MOORE - Malcolm Stewart Event Type: Death Sex: Age: 81 - Place: Toor Year: 1969 Reg. Number: 26819 Father: John James - Mother: - Spouse: - .

7 Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages (Victoria) - Index,, Death. Family Name:
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Anna Victoria
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Mccowan Alexan
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