About the Author

Ken Bethell is the grandson of John Beswicke. 
Ken served for four and a half years in the Royal Australian Navy in the Pacific theatre during World War II, reaching the rank of Lieutenant (Special Branch). In 1948 he graduated in Architecture from the University of Melbourne. After gaining two years’ architectural experience in Australia, he worked during 1950–1952 in England, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland to gain 
experience in cutting-edge design. 
Upon returning to Australia he commenced an architectural practice in Melbourne in 1955. During 35 years he designed over five hundred buildings. These included private houses, offices, churches, schools, medical facilities, buildings for the aged, sports facilities and centres for disabled children and adults. 

He developed an interest in Town Planning and in 1974 graduated with a Diploma in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Melbourne. He was a member of the Royal British Institute of Architects 
and an Associate of the Royal Australian Planning Institute. He was also an Associate of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and was elected a Fellow of that Institute in recognition of his contribution to it. 

In 2001, Ken was recognised for his contribution to a community organisation, and in 2008 was awarded a Community Australia Day Award for his contribution to the community, particularly the teaching of religious education.