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Richard Ernest Sexton

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Richard Ernest Sexton (c1861-1930)

1930 Obituary[1]

"The Late Mr. R. E. Sexton. — We regret to note the recent death, in Brisbane, Australia, of Mr. Richard Ernest Sexton, chief engineer, Railway Department, Queensland. Mr. Sexton, who was 69 years of age, entered the service of the Queensland Railways on January 1, 1879. He became deputy chief engineer in 1911 and was promoted to the position of chief engineer on July 1, 1915, which latter position he continued to occupy until his death. During the whole of his service with the railway, which extended over upwards of fifty years, Mr. Sexton was occupied on construction work. It is interesting to note that during his period of service the aggregate mileage of the lines open to traffic increased from 429 to nearly 6,509. The last important piece of work with which he was connected was the Queensland portion of the uniform-gauge Brisbane-Kyogle-Sydney line. Some time ago, Mr. Sexton received the Peter Russell Medal, the highest distinction in the gift of the Institution of Engineers, Australia; he became a full member of the Institution of Civil Engineers on December 14, 1916.

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