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Fraser, Keith Aird (1893–1952)

Keith Fraser, 1917 (left, standing)

Keith Fraser, 1917 (left, standing)

Australian War Memorial, A00919

Mr. Keith Aird Fraser, N.S.W. Railway Commissioner, who died last night, was one of Australia's best-known railway engineers.

He was the railways' chief engineer when he succeeded Mr. F. C. Garside as Commissioner seven months ago.

Mr. Fraser was the son of the late Mr. James Fraser, who was Commissioner for Railways from 1917 to 1929.

He joined the Railways Department as a cadet surveyor in 1911 and was appointed assistant manager on the Waterfall-Otford deviation project in 1914.

He saw service in both world wars.

Mr. Fraser's first big task came in 1922, when he was appointed resident engineer on metropolitan railways construction.

He supervised the construction of Sydney's underground railway lines and the building of Museum, St. James, Wynyard, and Town Hall stations and tunnels.

In 1922 he became resident engineer of maintenance at Sydenham.

In 1939 he was appointed supervising engineer for building the Hawkesbury River bridge and engineer controlling all line construction in N.S.W.

In 1940 Mr. Fraser was made lieutenant-colonel in charge of the Railway Construction and Maintenance Group formed in Australia to construct and maintain railways for Allied troops on active service.

He became chief civil engineer for the Railways Department in 1950.

Mr. Fraser visited England and the Continent in 1946 to study railway practice.

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