Biographical entry Bennett, William Christopher (1824 - 1889)
- 4 July 1824
- 29 September 1889
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
William Christopher Bennett occupied many important engineering posts in New South Wales including that of commissioner for main roads. He advised against a narrow-gauge railway to Mudgee, saving the colony from the confusion of two internal railway gauges.
Born Dublin, 4 July 1824. Died Sydney, 29 September 1889. Articled surveyor 1840; worked in Ireland on border surveys and as a surveyor and engineer on railways and drainage works; surveying and exploring, Latin America 1852 and 1853; New Zealand 1854; Survey Department, New South Wales 1855; assistant city Engineer on sewage works 1855-56; Campbelltown railway extension 1857-58; assistant engineer of main roads to superintend the repair of a flood-damaged bridge at Bathurst 1858; engineer to the Department of Roads 1859-60; Railway Department 1862; commissioner for main roads 1862-89. Appointed to special commissions in the field of water supply and sewerage in Sydney 1868, 1875 and 1888.
Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
- William Christopher Bennett - Records, 1850 - 1889, UMS 333; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
- Johnson, Robert, 'Bennett, William Christopher (1824-1889), engineer and surveyor', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 3, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969, pp. 142-143. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A030135b.htm. Details
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