John L Neilson passed away on 17th October 2020 at the age of 90, following a 5-year battle with illness.
John’s funeral service will be live-streamed on Monday 02 November at 2pm. John’s family has provided the following link https://bit.ly/2TdzMfG for his friends and colleagues to join this celebration his life.
Many of us worked with John over the years, and many more will know John as contributor and co-editor of the “Engineering Geology of the Melbourne Region” published by the Australian Geomechanics Society in 1992.
John graduated in Geology from the University of Melbourne in the 1950’s, and spent 35 years at the Geological Survey of Victoria (GSV). As Head of the Engineering Geology Section, John was involved in mapping the subsurface geology for iconic Melbourne projects, such as the Underground Rail Loop, Hobsons Bay Main Sewer Tunnel, South East Sewer Tunnel, West Gate Bridge foundations, Melbourne City Link and the Victoria Dock redevelopment.
After retiring from the GSV, John was engaged by many consulting engineers to provide his extensive geological knowledge on their projects, including dam sites, quarry resources, coastal stability assessments, highway alignments and landslides. John had a deep understanding of the Yarra Delta sediments, and was generous with sharing his knowledge with the local geotechnical community. He contributed to the education of many engineers and geologists through his guest lectures at universities, and was actively involved with the GSV and AGS where he was highly regarded for his friendship and technical contributions.
He was supported by his wife Karin, his daughters, and their families – and was fortunate to be able to have a wonderful 90th birthday party, with family and friends, just one week before the recent Melbourne lockdown.
John was a true gentleman and friend to those fortunate enough to have known him.
The AGS Victoria Chapter has created this page to allow friends and colleagues of John to pay their respects, and leave messages of condolence and support for his family. We will compile these messages and present them to John’s family, as a record of the legacy John has left with the geomechanics community, and as a celebration of his professional life.