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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 3 (June 1, 1938.)


Interior of L. M. & S. camping Car.

Interior of L. M. & S. camping Car.

The enthusiasm aroused by the commemoration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the first British settlement in Australia was given added interest here in London by reason of the christening, by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway, of one of its powerful “Jubilee” class express passenger locomotives, “New South Wales.” The naming ceremony at Euston Station, on 26th January, was performed by the Agent-General for New South Wales. A happy note, in more senses than one, was struck by the presence of a detachment and band of the Royal Navy. The Admiralty's welcome contribution to the proceedings was in recognition of the fact that Captain Arthur Phillips, R.N., was in command of the brig “Supply,” from which was effected the first landing of settlers. Transport — and especially rail transport—has played a more important part than any other factor in the striking progress made by Australia in the past one hundred and fifty years. Despite break-of-gauge, and other difficulties, railways have virtually changed the face of the continent, and one and all engaged in Australian rail transport may well take pride in their contribution to this development.