Speech - 'The Functions of the Development and Migration Commission' - delivered by Mr H.W. Gepp (Chairman Development and Migration Commission) at a Luncheon tendered to him at the Adelaide Town Hall, 18th March, 1929 ... [cover title]
Adelaide, Commonwealth Club of Adelaide, 1929.
Octavo, [ii], 18 pages including the title-wrappers.
Covers very lightly chipped, marked and creased ; light crease down the middle of the entire pamphlet; ownership signature in ink on the front cover; a very good copy.
Sir Herbert William (Bert) Gepp (1877-1954), 'mining metallurgist and manager, public servant, industrialist and publicist ... Gepp began a new career in 1926 as a public servant. Stanley Melbourne (Viscount) Bruce appointed him chairman of the Development and Migration Commission, which, like the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, formed the same year, was to apply scientific methods to economic and political problems in the interests of national development and efficiency. The new role provided ample scope for Gepp's boundless energy, inventive mind, and commitment to industrial growth. Incessant daily work, constant travel, continual conferences, lengthy reports written and redrafted and drafted again preceded his recommendations to the government on a variety of national problems. In 1930 the Scullin government terminated the commission but Gepp was retained as a part-time consultant on development. In 1933 he was knighted' (Australian Dictionary of Biography) .