Each year the National Trust of Western Australia commemorates the significant contribution CY O’Connor’s legacy has made to the state and nation with an annual lecture held on or about the anniversary of his death – 10 March.

O’Connor’s work and his personal life were guided by qualities of integrity, innovation, sustainability and equality.  His projects have stood the test of time and remain a testament to his brilliance. It is this sense of courage and purpose and its subsequent legacy, that this lecture series seeks to promote.

Speakers invited to deliver the annual address will explore a topic and/or person, historical or contemporary, relevant to their area of expertise that is within the spirit of O’Connor’s legacy. While it is not necessary that topics relate specifically to O’Connor or engineering, it is anticipated that they will present ground breaking research, innovation, best practice or excellence.

CY O’Connor Lecture 2022

Railways, harbours, everything… On the trail of ‘The Chief’, Presented by Mike Lefroy.

Thursday 6 October, 5:45 pm — 7:45 pm

Mike is a freelance educator and writer, and former Head of Education at the WA Maritime Museum. He is also a great grandson of CY O’Connor.

2022 marks the 120 years since O’Connor’s death and Mike’s lecture will focus on Charles Yelverton O’Connor the man.

To celebrate his legacy, Mike will explore his great grandfather’s life and achievements through family stories, facts and furphies.

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Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.

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