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Biographical entry Kernot, Maurice Edwin (1852 - 1934)

10 June 1852
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
13 January 1934
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Maurice Kernot was a railway engineer who joined the Victorian Railways in 1874 and served as Chief Engineer from 1907 to 1923. He was noted for applying the principles of technical analysis to the location and building of railways in Victoria. In his management of the labour force and the letting of contracts he effected considerable savings in the departmental budget. Over 1,600 kilometres of railway tracks were built while he was Chief Engineer. In retirement Kernot was active in the Institution of Engineers of Australia.



1874 - 1907
Career position - Engineer, Victorian Railways
1907 - 1923
Career position - Chief Engineer, Victorian Railways
Career position - Vice-President, Victorian Institute of Engineers
1920 - 1921
Career position - President, Melbourne Division, Institution of Engineers, Australia.
Award - Kernot Memorial Medal, for distinguished engineering achievement in Australia. Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne
Award - Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal - Career Achievement Award in Engineering, Institution of Engineers Australia

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  • Kernot Memorial Medal (1926 - )

    Awarded Kernot Memorial Medal 1928 "... for having directed the reconnaissance, survey and construction of 1,100 miles of railways in Victoria."

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  • Doring, Margret and Martin, Helen, 'Catching a train from Orbost: building the Bairnsdale to Orbost railway in Eastern Victoria - 1912 to 1916', Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine, 1 (5) (2014), 15-9. Details


See also

Helen Cohn and Ken McInnes