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The plaque commemorates the official turning of the first sod at Port Augusta in September 1912 to commence the construction of the Trans Australian Railway, and the golden jubilee of the event.

Constructed between 1912 and 1917, the 1690 km, 1435 mm (4 foot 8½ inch) standard gauge railway line united the east and west of the continent.



Address:Stirling Street, Port Augusta Railway station, Port Augusta, 5700
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.350501
Long: 139.615575
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Actual Event Start Date:14-September-1912
Actual Event End Date:14-September-1962


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 14th September, 1962
Front Inscription

Port Augusta - Kalgoorlie Railway
To Commemorate The Official Turning
Of The First Sod At Port Augusta By
The Governor General Lord Denman
On 14th September 1912 And To
Celebrate The Golden Jubilee Of That
Event This Plaque Was Unveiled On
 14th September 1962 By
Hon. Hubert F. Opperman, O.B.E. - M. P.
       Minister Of State
For Shipping And Transport



Source: MA
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