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 A plaque commemorates Major W. T. B. McCormack (1879-1938) who was Chairman of the Country Roads Board from 1928 to 1938.

In March 1913 McCormack was appointed one of the three foundation members of the Country Roads Board of Victoria. In 1913-15 they travelled widely, frequently on horseback, to lay the foundation of the State's road network. McCormack's knowledge of local government, his diplomatic skills and quiet, equable personality made him a successful ambassador for the board in its negotiations with sometimes fractious shire councils.

A lieutenant in the Australian Intelligence Corps in 1911-14, McCormack enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in January 1916 and in June embarked as major commanding the 10th Field Company, Engineers. Returning to Australia in April 1919 McCormack resumed his work with the Country Roads Board, taking charge of the construction, initially by returned soldiers, of the Great Ocean Road which reached Eastern View in 1922 and, eventually, Apollo Bay in 1932.

Acting chairman of the board during William Calder's visit to Europe and the United States of America in 1924, he was appointed chairman upon Calder's death in March 1928. During his decade in office about 11,000 miles (17,703 km) of roadway were under his jurisdiction and in that time much of its macadam surface, suitable for horse-drawn vehicles, was replaced with more durable bitumen and gravel.


Address:Davey & Young Streets, Civic Centre, Frankston, 3199
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.146652
Long: 145.122515
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Approx. Event Start Date:March-1928
Approx. Event End Date:January-1938


Front Inscription

The President, Councillors
And Ratepayers
In Memory And Appreciation
Of A Great Road Engineer
Major W. T. B. McCORMACK O.E.
Chairman Of
The Country Roads Board
From March 1928 To Jan 1938
Who Died On Jan. 28 1938

Source: MA, ADB
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