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Biographical entry De Burgh, Ernest Macartney (1863 - 1929)

18 January 1863
Dublin, Ireland
4 April 1929
Vaucluse, New South Wales, Australia
Civil engineer


Ernest De Burgh was chief engineer for harbours and water-supply in New South Wales 1909-1927. During this time he was responsible for the design and construction of the Cordeaux, Avon and Nepean dams (Sydney water-supply), the Chichester scheme for Newcastle and the Umberumberka scheme for Broken Hill and prepared the original plans for Canberra's water-supply.

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  • Antill, J. M., 'De Burgh, Ernest Macartney (1863-1929), civil engineer', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 8, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1981, p. 266. Also available at Details

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Rosanne Walker