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Thursday, 23 November 1911

I come now to the report submitted by the Engineers-in-Chief in 1903. The various States were represented on that occasion by the following gentlemen : - New South Wales, by H. Deane (Chairman); Queensland, by Wm. Pagan; South Australia, by Alex. B. Moncrieff; Victoria, by Maurice E. Kernot; and Western Australia, by C. S. R. Palmer. They met in Melbourne in March, 1903, and they recommended the adoption of a 4-ft. 8J-in. gauge, and based their estimates thereon. They did so chiefly on account of its cheapness. But they were not unanimous on the subject, and Mr. Moncrieff, the Engineer-in-Chief for South Australia, very strongly objected to the 4-ft. 8|-in. gauge, though, in the report, his objection is not set out. But the correspondence which followed includes a letter from Mr. Moncrieff on the subject, which is dated 14th October, 1909.

Senator Pearce - He seems to have waited a long time.

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