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Mathieson, John, Chief Commissioner of Railways, Queensland, was born at Cumnock, Glasgow, in 1846; and when a lad he entered the service of the Glasgow and South-Western Railway, working his way up through the various grades to the position of Superintendent of the line, an appointment he resigned in 1889 to take the post of Chief Commissioner of Queensland Railways—an office created under legislation similar to that previously adopted in the western colonies for abolishing political management. He is credited with possessing a special knowledge of the procedure for the promotion of new lines.