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The Obelisk commemorates John Whitton (1820 - 1898), railway engineer. 

John Whitton (1820 – 20 February 1898), an Anglo- Australian railway engineer, was the Engineer-in-Charge for the New South Wales Government Railways, serving between 1856 and 1890, considered the "Father of New South Wales Railways.Under his supervision, it is estimated that 2,171 miles (3,494 km) of railway around New South Wales and Victoria were completed. Whitton was responsible for the construction of parts of the Main Western railway line, in particular the section over the Blue Mountains and the Lithgow Zig Zag, and much of the Main Southern railway line. 

 

Location

Address:Great Western Highway, John Whitton Memorial Place, Glenbrook, 2773
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.752535
Long: 150.643679
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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