The questions were undeviating and at times
seemed to be targeting Michael Edmond about some perceived wrong.
There were several issues. For example, the unfairness of the
job rosters - some men (yes, they were all men on the railways
in those days) were nearly doubling their pay with overtime
while others were being denied overtime.
It was implied that there may have been a dispute
between rival unions representing the railmen. We read about
the poor construction of a rail platform in Gympie, the poor
construction of the engine shed. The platform had to be moved
and reconstructed at least twice - perhaps due to poor plans.
(see the above photo of the platform which was constructed after
This was in 1913 when Gympie's new rail station
was built. I think Michael Edmond may have been a bit rattled
towards the end of his examination as he gave an answer which
was not pertinent to the question which as asked by a commissioner.
We can tell how busy Gympie in days gone by
from the rail schedules of the time. Read about the "very
fast train" from Brisbane in the transcript.
I invite you to take some time to read part
of the transcript
of the evidence of Michael Edmond. This was contained in the
report of the Royal Commission to Parliament. (source: State
Library of Queensland, Administration of Queensland Railways