This Day in History: 1908-11-28

Governor Admiral Sir Frederick Bedford turned the first sod of the railway extension from Newcastle to Bolgart. He was presented with a handsome miniature gold shovel, with sandalwood handle. The new railway was to cut the town in half and pass dangerously through the Newcastle State School grounds.

Newcastle herald, 28 Nov. 1908, p. 4; 5 Dec. 1908, p. 7.
Rica Erickson. Old Toodyay and Newcastle. Toodyay Shire Council, 1974, p.348.