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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 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

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