NotesHubert Ingham Clements (1886-1969), engineer, was educated at Rosebank Preparatory School, Burwood (1893-97), Burwood Superior Public School (1898-1900), Sydney High School (1901-02) and Sydney Grammar School (1902-03). From 1903-04 he studied trigonometry and higher mathematics at Stott's College and between 1904-06 he attended Sydney School of Mechanical Drawing.
Clements served part of an apprenticeship in the NSW Government Electrical Department between 1903-04. He was then employed in the machine shop of Edge and Edge Ltd, 1904-05, and from 1906-08 in the drawing office of Manfield Newton, mechanical and civil engineers.
In 1905 he built a car in his own workshop using a 2 3/4 h.p. De Dion engine.
The firm of H.I. Clements Ltd, mechanical and electrical engineers, was founded in Burwood in 1908. It made parts for locomotives for the Commonwealth Oil Corporation for the Newnes shale oil mines, made gas engines and automobile parts, repaired automobiles and installed electrical industrial plants.
From 1910 Clements designed and built motorcycles engines which won several hill climbs. He also built whole motorcycles from imported parts. From 1915 he manufactured marine engines. During World War I the firm rebuilt heavy lorries for the AIF.
The premises occupied by the firm were:
1908-1910 - The first workshop in Burwood (address unknown)
1910-1920 - Corner of Parramatta Road and Albert Street, Burwood (where Clements is claimed to have had the first petrol bowser on a footpath in the Southern Hemisphere - see illustration on invoice at 95/256/1-7/1)
1921-22 - 137 Crown Street, Sydney
1923-26 - 136 Darlinghurst Road, Sydney
1927-? - 79 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutter's Bay
After WWII - 62-64 Pacific Highway, St Leonards.
From 1918 to 1922 the firm was known as Clements & Sanderson.
In 1917, in collaboration with Dr Mark Lidwell, Clements designed an electrically-driven ether anaesthesia machine and manufactured these as a sideline to the company's other business. Soon H.I. Clements Ltd was manufacturing a variety of precision medical and laboratory apparatus, such as surgical suction pumps, centrifuges, anaesthesia units and surgical drainage pumps. During World War II the company supplied telescopic gunsights, electrical centrifuges, anaesthesia units and aspirators to the Australian and American forces.
Joined by his son, W.H. Clements, after World War II, H.I. Clements sold the motor transport engineering side of their business. They built premises at 62-64 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, and concentrated on the design and manufacture of scientific equipment. Products included high vacuum pumps, electric centrifuges, laboratory stirrers, surgical suction units, ether anaesthesia apparatus, post-operative drainage pumps, electric breast pumps, dental and industrial units for vacuum investment casting, blood agitators and laboratory suspension mixers.