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Biographical entry Chaffey, William Benjamin (1856 - 1926)

21 October 1856
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
4 June 1926
Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Irrigation expert


William Chaffey established irrigation companies in both Mildura and Renmark with his brother, George, in 1887. The company, Chaffey Brothers Ltd, went into liquidation in 1894. He remained in Mildura, establishing an orchard and the Mildura (later Mildara) Winery Pty Ltd.

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Westcott, Peter, 'Chaffey, George (1848-1932), irrigation pioneer, engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, and William Benjamin (1856-1926), agriculturist and irrigation planner', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 599-601. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Miller, Glenn, 'The Chaffey Brothers: Irrigation Pioneers', Australian Heritage, vol. 2010, Autumn, 2010, pp. 57-63. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker