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Smith, Keith A
Eucalyptus Deanei
Australian Journal of Multi-disciplinary Engineering
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Paper presented at the National Engineering Heritage Conference (11th: 2001 : Canberra)
vol. 2, no. 1, Engineers Australia, Barton, ACT, 2004, pp. 83-90

Some aspects of railway engineering before and after the federation of Australian states are explained. A more restrained celebration of engineering achievement was enacted on the barren and arid landscape of the Nullarbor Plain, again in October but sixty three years prior to the overwhelming jubilation at Alice Springs. Under most difficult conditions the project was completed in 13 months and remained as a transport link to the main western railway for a total period of 30 years. This work of discovery was made by a professional member of the work force employed in the railway construction and one celebrated for his wide knowledge of the Australian eucalypts and his passion for botanical research. The graceful tree that now bears his name and flourishes in and adjacent to the Wollemi National Park is the Eucalyptus Deanei.