A cockney by birth to Scottish parents, John Baillie Henderson completed his schooling in Scotland before the family emigrated to Australia in 1852. He arrived in Queensland in 1878 when water was not recognised as a public resource. He was appointed Queensland's first Government Hydraulic Engineer in 1883. During his lifetime he earned the title Hydraulic Henderson as his contribution to hydraulic engineering in Queensland was gigantic.
John Baillie Henderson – “Hydraulic Henderson”