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South Australia is one of the youngest colonies in the nation, and the only one which resulted from extensive planning prior to settlement. Governor Hindmarsh arrived in 1836 at a time when technological advances in agriculture and transport were to play a large role in the development of South Australia. Railways became an integral part of the State controlled occupation of new lands and expansion of mining, farming and pastoralism, the mainstays of our early economy.
At the advent of World War One, people from all walks of life were asked to take up the call to arms and serve their country. Railway men were no exception. Hearing the call, a large number of railway employees sailed overseas to fight, protect, and utilise their skills on international railways.