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25-November-2015
25-November-2015

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A plaque commemorates the work of Edward William O`Sullivan, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly who was responsible for the construction of the Central Railway Station. 

Edward William O'Sullivan (1846 – 25 April 1910) was an Australian journalist and politician.

As a politician, O'Sullivan had strong Labour sympathies before the Labor Party had developed in New South Wales, and worked untiringly for old-age pensions until they became law in 1900. He was much criticized for his supposed extravagance as Minister for Public Works; at the time it seemed with reason, as the state was suffering from drought for part of the period. Possibly, however, he was wise in realizing the necessity of keeping people at work in times of depression. He was certainly right in his efforts to provide Sydney with a proper supply of water, and his efforts to relieve unemployment by developing the tramway and railway systems, showed him as a man of great foresight and courage.

In September 1899, O'Sullivan became Minister for Public Works in the Lyne ministry, and held the same position when John See became Premier until the ministry was defeated in June 1904. He was a most vigorous minister and was responsible for a great development of the tramway system, for the building of many new railways, and for many other public works in connection with water-supply, roads, rivers, harbours and buildings, including the new Sydney railway station. 

Location

Address:Eddy Avenue, Opposite Central Station, Haymarket, 2000
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.881992
Long: 151.207159
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1966
Front Inscription

THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES THE WORK OF  EDWARD WILLIAM O`SULLIVAN

A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF N.S.W. FROM 1885 -1910 AND AN ALDERMAN OF THE MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF SYDNEY DURING THE YEARS 1907/1910

HE SERVED AS SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC WORKS AND SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF 
THE SYDNEY CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION. 
                          1966
J.H.LUSCOMBE           JOHN ARMSTRONG
TOWN CLERK              LORD MAYOR

 

Source: MA, ADB
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