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William Highfield (1838–1923)

There passed away at Junction-terrace, Annerley, on March 9, one of Queensland's pioneers in the person of Mr. William Highfield, C.E., son of the late Mr. Samuel Highfield, of England. He arrived in Queensland by the Royal Albert in August, 1864. His first position was with the Harbours and Rivers Department. He married in 1866 Miss Louise Elizabeth Hollinworth, daughter of the late Edwin Hollinworth, and grand-daughter of Admiral Hollinworth, Portsea, England. Among the many works which Mr. Highfield carried out were the Cooktown to Laura railway, and the Fassifern line as constructing engineer for the late Mr. George Bashford, and the Mount Molloy line for the late Mr. Moffat, of Irvinebank. He also prepared plans for the Beaudesert tramline for the late Mr. George Phillips, C.E. He was engineer for the location of the first pumping station and pipe line for Ipswich, Warwick, and Toowoomba water supplies. He was also in the employ of the Queensland Railway Department for some years, the last work undertaken by Mr. Highfield prior to his last illness was a large sewerage scheme for Stephens Shire Council. He died at the ripe age of 85, leaving three sons and eight daughters.

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Livorno, Tuscany, Italy


9 March, 1923 (aged ~ 85)
Annerley, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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