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Biographical entry O'Connor, Charles Yelverton (1843 - 1902)

CMG

Born
11 January 1843
Castletown, Meath, Ireland
Died
10 March 1902
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

Charles O'Connor was engineer-in-chief for Western Australia 1891-1902. He was responsible for the construction of the harbour at Fremantle, he made striking improvements in the building and operation of the government railways and was the driving force behind the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme. The latter project resulted in O'Connor being submitted to almost constant uninformed criticism which lead to him taking his own life. Despite this, the scheme was completed in late 1902 and proved to be immensely successful. Before his Western Australian appointment, O'Connor worked in New Zealand on various surveying and engineering projects 1865-1891.

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1874 - 1883
Career position - District Engineer for Canterbury province in New Zealand
1883 - 1890
Career position - Under-Secretary for public works in New Zealand (Canterbury province?)
1890 - 1891
Career position - Marine Engineer for the colony of New Zealand
1891 - 1902
Career position - Engineer-in-chief for Western Australia
1897
Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)

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  • Ayris, Cyril, C. Y. O'Connor: a Brief Biography, Cyril Ayris Freelance, West Perth, 2004, 56 pp. Details

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  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_o.html. Details
  • Dolan, D, 'The Engineer as Landscaper and Cultural Warrior', Australian Journal of Multi-disciplinary Engineering, Paper presented at the Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference (3rd: 2009 : Dunedin), vol. 8, no. 1, Engineers Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2010, pp. 1-9, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=573244342372543;res=IELENG. Details
  • Engineers Australia, Wonders never cease: 100 Australian engineering achievements, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, A.C.T., 2019, 236 pp. pp.4,8-9,62,94. Details
  • Institution of Engineers, Australia. Sydney Division. Engineering Heritage Committee, The Historic Engineering Plaques of Australia, The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Milsons Point, New South Wales, 1994, 38 pp. p.8. Fremantle Harbour, Port of Femantle, W.A. Details
  • Institution of Engineers, Australia. Sydney Division. Engineering Heritage Committee, The Historic Engineering Plaques of Australia, The Institution of Engineers, Australia, Milsons Point, New South Wales, 1994, 38 pp. p.5. Coolgardie Goldfields Water Supply Scheme, Mundaring Weir; Cunderin; Kalgoorlie, W.A. Details
  • Lowe, Godfrey, 'The Golden Pipeline', in Eleventh National Conference on Engineering Heritage: Federation Engineering a Nation; Proceedings, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, Australian Capital Territory, 2001, pp. 93-104, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=520548725253498;res=IELENG. Details
  • Marks, A. J., 'Can We Afford to Knock Down Our Past', in From Sailing Ships to Microchips: Inaugural Industrial Heritage Conference, Institution of Engineers, Western Australian Division, West Perth, Western Australia, 1994, pp. 65-66, https://search.informit.org/documentSummary;dn=212670454964126;res=IELENG. Details

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