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William Francis Joseph Fitzpatrick

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William Francis Joseph Fitzpatrick (1854-1940) of Victorian Railways

1854 Born in County Galway

Family emigrated from Ireland to Australia

Educated at St. Patrick's College, Melbourne

1868 Joined Victorian Railways as a junior clerk

1910-15 Chairman of Victorian Railways


1940 Obituary [1]

William Francis Joseph Fitzpatrick was born in Galway (Ireland) in 1854, and entered the Victorian railway service as a clerk when aged 14 years. He later became chief traffic manager and deputy commissioner in 1901. Two years later he was appointed third commissioner on the board.

In December 1910, the chairman of the commissioners, Mr T. (later Sir Thomas) Tait, resigned and Mr Fitzpatrick succeeded him. He retired on April 6, 1915 and was succeeded by the late Mr C. E. Norman.

Mr Fitzpatrick, was educated at St Patrick's College, Melbourne. He was awarded the CMG in 1912 and was an honorary colonel of the Australian Military Forces. His hobbies were reading and golf.

Since his retirement Mr Fitzpatrick has been very active in repatriation work. He began his activities in vocational training for returned soldiers soon after the Gallipoli campaign and later wrote one of the first handbooks on repatriation

He leaves a widow and three daughters,


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Sources of Information

  1. The Argus, Melbourne. 8th May 1940