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Leather saddlebag used by William Claude Wilson

2004.0015.0003

Leather saddlebag used by William Claude Wilson

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Physical description

Leather saddlebag. Iron ring attatched with leather strap stitched to top corner. Stamped on one side: 'W. CLAUDE WILSON/ ....(painted over) MINING ....[...?]."

Statement of significance

The William Claude L'Estrange Wilson Collection consists of a pair of government issue mining surveyor leather saddlebags, an 1888 diary detailing government surveying work in the Broken Hill/ Silverton area, and a French Mantel clock - a 1908 gift from the Murrumbidgee Northern Canal Officers, Public Works Department, Narrandera.

Wilson began his career as an Australian Government Mining Surveyor in New South Wales in 1887. His first major posting was Broken Hill, 1888 - 1892. In 1896, Wilson joined the Public Service and carried out survey and engineering work on the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme. When the scheme was authorised by Parliament, the design and construction of all the canal works were carried out under his direct charge, firstly as Resident Engineer and then as Supervising Engineer. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the New South Wales Institution of Surveyors in 1942.

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