Messrs J W Davidson, Commissioner of Railways and Hastings Deering of Sydney, show a fine catch of fish, Carlisle Island, c 1931

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The Central Queensland Herald
Thursday 9 March 1939

Death of Mr J. W. Davidson
48 Years in Service

Exactly a year after his retirement from the position of Commisioner for Railways, which he held for 19 years, Mr James Walker Davidson died at his home tonight after a long spell of ill health. He had been an inmate of a private hospital for several weeks. He returned home a few days ago, but suffered a fatal relapse.

Mr Davidson was born in Glasgow and came to Australia as a youth in 1890. He entered the railway service as a junior clerk and made rapid progress through the service under Commisioners Thallon and Evans, and on the retirement of Commissioner Evans was appointed to the head of the service. He was regarded as one of the most able railway administrators in Australia.

Speaking from Mackay tongiht, the Premier (Mr Smith) expressed

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