Charles Yelverton O'Connor

(1843—1902) civil engineer

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(1843–1902) is remembered for the design and construction of the Perth–Mundaring water pipeline and of Fremantle Harbour and, carried out with equal efficiency, his seaside suicide. In the commercially released From Success to Success: A Film History of Fremantle (1987), the re-enactment of O'Connor's suicide shocked viewers, even as many thousands of people stood appreciatively before his harbourside statue during the America's Cup defence of that year. In widely used school texts, especially, Social Studies Through Activities (1940s to 1970s), O'Connor was presented as a heroic and tragic figure of Empire and nation.


From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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