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Biographical entry Barney, George (1792 - 1862)

Born
19 May 1792
Woverhampton, England
Died
16 April 1862
St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

George Barney was the civil engineer for New South Wales 1836-44. Major projects for which he was responsible include a circular quay at Sydney Cove, military barracks in Paddington and Fort Denison (completed 1857).

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Born Woverhampton, England, 19 May 1792. Died Sydney, 16 April 1862. Second lieutenant, Royal Engineers 1808-13, captain 1813-25, several years experience of civil engineering, Jamaica, captain 1825; arrived Sydney 1835 with the Royal Engineers and given the duties of civil engineer, responsible for a circular quay at Sydney Cove, a breakwater at Newcastle, pier harbours at Wollongong and the defences of Sydney; major 1839; supervised the building of the Victoria Barracks from 1841; lieutenent colonel ca 1842; returned to England 1844-46; superintendent of a new convict colony in North Australia at Port Curtis 1846-47; chief commissioner of crown lands 1849-55; surveyor-general 1855-62. Chairman of Directors, Gaslight Co. and a trustee of the Savings Bank of New South Wales from 1841.

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Rosanne Walker