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Biographical entry Chaffey, George (1848 - 1932)

28 January 1848
Brockville, Ontario, Canada
1 March 1932
California, United States of America
Irrigation expert


George Chaffey established irrigation companies in both Mildura and Renmark with his brother, William, in 1887. The company, Chaffey Brothers Ltd, went into liquidation in 1894 and he returned to the United States in 1897 and undertook irrigation projects there.

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 Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 7 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979), pp. 599-601. Details

Conference Papers

  • Peake, Owen and Venus, Richard, 'Chaffey brothers irrigation works in Australia', in 19th Australasian engineering heritage conference: putting water to work: steam power, river navigation and water supply edited by Engineers Australia and Engineering Heritage Australia (Barton, Australian Capital Territory: Engineering Heritage Australia, 2017), pp. 401-430.,;dn=385229438798747;res=IELENG. Details

Journal Articles

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


See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Engineers Australia, Wonders never cease: 100 Australian engineering achievements (Barton, Australian Capital Territory: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 2019), 236 pp. pp.144-145. Details

Rosanne Walker