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Obelisk commemorates John Whitton, builder of railways.
John Whitton arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, in December 1856 with his wife Elizabeth. He was appointed Engineer-in-Chief to the New South Wales Government Railways at a salary of 1500 pounds a year. When he arrived in Sydney there were 21 miles (34 km) of completed railway.
With the aid of E. C. Cracknell he overcame the engineering problems in building the Blue Mountains line; it included two great zigzags and was opened on 4 April 1876. When he retired in 1889; more than 2199 miles (3538 kilometres) were in use in New South Wales. He is the acknowledged "Father of the New South Wales Railways".
|Address:||Great Western Highway, John Whitton Memorial Place, Glenbrook, 2773|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.752586|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Sub-Theme:||Government - Colonial|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 6th February, 1980|
PLAQUE UNVEILED BY HIS EXCELLENCY
THE GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES
SIR RODEN CUTLER
M.C., K.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., C.B.E.,
ON THE 6TH FEBRUARY 1980
(Middle Plaque )
PENRITH TO BATHURST
SYDNEY TO ALBURY
SYDNEY TO QUEENSLAND"
(includes a portrait of Whitton)
IN MEMORY OF
MEN WHO WORKED