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Biographical entry Whitton, John (1820 - 1898)

Born
1820
Yorkshire, England
Died
20 February 1898
Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

John Whitton was Engineer-in-Chief of the New South Wales Railways 1856-90. One of his challenges was building the Blue Mountains line, where he overcame the engineering problems by two great zigzags. Although constantly hampered by government cheese-paring, he supervised the laying of 2171 miles (3474 km) of track on which no accident had occurred attributable to defective design or construction.

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  • Lee, Robert Stuart, Colonial engineer: John Whitton 1819-1898 and the building of Australia's railways, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2000, 352 pp. Details

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Rosanne Walker