Thursday, 23 April 2015

T is for Trains(and bridges)

Building a railway bridge North Queensland

Lionel Edgar Laws( x) Railway bridge gang North Queensland
How do trains get across a river? They have to have a bridge. So Lionel Edgar Laws (1868-1945) sub-contracted to build  railway bridges at the beginning of the 20th Century. The railway system was progressing north along the east coast of Queensland. The family shifted to Gladstone while he was working on the bridge over the Raglan river.
Lionel (1893-1981) and Richard(1895-1918) enrolled in the Gladstone School on 21 January 1902. Lily enrolled on 23 March 1903 and Jessie enrolled on 21 March 1904.
In the 20 November  1903 edition there was an article in the Morning Bulletin  Rockhampton listing donations to the Rockhampton General Hospital appeal. The Lionel Laws bridge gang gave 1 pound 11 shillings.