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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".

Location

Address:Great Western Highway, John Whitton Memorial Place, Glenbrook, 2773
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.752586
Long: 150.643674
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 6th February, 1980
Front Inscription

(Top Plaque)
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 )
Missing

(Bottom Plaque)
JOHN WHITTON 
BUILT RAILWAYS 
PENRITH TO BATHURST 
SYDNEY TO ALBURY 
SYDNEY TO QUEENSLAND" 
(includes a portrait of Whitton)

Left Side Inscription
IN MEMORY OF 
MEN WHO WORKED 
WITH WHITTON
Source: MA,ADB, HNSW
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