Gwen Gray, L.AIRAH
Gwen Gray became AIRAH’s first full female member when she joined in 1967.
During World War II, Gray worked in the drawing office of the Department of Defence Production at Fishermen’s Bend in Melbourne, where Beaufort bombers and Beaufighters were manufactured. At war’s end, she was engaged by Bassett Consulting, where she worked as a mechanical engineer for 40 years.
Her impressive CV includes projects such as the Royal Melbourne Hospital boiler extensions in the early 1960s, and the construction of the Arts Centre Melbourne in the 70s. Gray also helped develop a para-professional course at RMIT for refrigeration and air conditioning.
Even today, women are a minority in HVAC&R; when Gray started her career, female HVAC&R workers were practically unheard of.