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A Distinguished EngineDriver.

"Atticus" in the "Leader," writes:— " Colonial Governors have commonly shown a disposition to make themselves useful whenever afforded a chance ; but in rospect to driving they have, as a rule, preferred a four-in-hand to a locomotive, Earl Kintore has just set a different example. Last Friday week, at Gawler, the first complete locomotive turned out in South Australia was given its initiatory spin, and Hia Excellency was the driver. The engine was gaily decorated, of course, and after traversing the Gawler streets from the workshop where it was erected to the railway station under the Governor's guidance, was hitched in front of the train containing a bevy of invited guests, and sped over some twenty-five miles of the metropolis. Some of the passengers would perhaps have preferred a less, aristocratic driver, but His Excellency is no amateur. At the Gawler banquet he informed his audience that he had been connected with railway work, one way or another, all his life, and claimed to know a little about it. He referred to the day, in his earliar career, when clad in a white working jacket, he was put under tuition in a railway shop, since which time he has enjoyed ample opportunities of getting on friendly terms with engines. His Excellency is reported to have handled the locomotive on the journey to Adelaide like a professional, and we shall probably shortly hear of his being elected an honorary member of the local enginedrivers union. It is aot every Governor that knows a trade by which he could earn a livelihood if the worst came to the worst.'

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A Distinguished Engine- Driver., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890

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A Distinguished Engine- Driver. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2440, 13 June 1890

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