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Norris Garrett Bell

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Norris Garrett Bell (1860- )

1922 M.Inst.C.E., Rly. Engr.; Australian Commonwealth Rlys. Commissioner; b. 1860; s. of James Henderson Bell. Ed. Dundee High Sch., Edinburgh Collegiate and Edinburgh University. Training: Wharrie, Colledge and Brand, Cons. Engrs., Glasgow. Career: On completion of pupilage was in a Cons. Engr's Office in London and with Rly. Contractors in Scotland; charge of construction and maintenance of various sections of rly. in Queensland, Australia; appointed Principal Asst. to Chief Engr., then Deputy Chief Engr., and finally Chief Engr., with control of maintenance of 3,000 to 4,000 miles of opened lines, and constructed numerous new lines and extensions; in 1914 appointed Engr.-in-Chief to the Australian Commonwealth Government, and built the Trans Australian Rly. (1,051 miles in length) and a section of line in the Northern Territory. In 1917 appointed Commonwealth Rly. Commissioner. Address: 150, Flinder's Lane, Melbourne. T. A.: " Comrails, Melbourne."

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