Greg Hallam
Greg Hallam

Project Title: A Spirited Commissioner: Colonel Charles Evans CMG, Commissioner for Queensland Railways 1911-1918

Principal Advisor: Professor Peter Spearritt

Project Abstract: The Queensland Railways has been one of the great social, industrial, and political enterprises of the state since its beginnings in the 1860s. It has been a multi generational employer, and for 125 years the senior embodiment of the railway was the Commissioner for Railways, one of the most powerful public figures in Queensland, and one of the most influential. The first Commissioner for Railways to rise "through the ranks" was Charles Barnard Evans who arrived in Queensland in the 1860s and eventually made his way to the top of the organisation. Evans was a controversial figure, but, also one who saw much of storms, (political and natural), and many changes during his 50 year career with the Queensland Railways. As described in the papers of the day during the 1912 General Strike, he was "A Spirited Commissioner."

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