OLIVER, Calder Edkin (1855-1930)

Calder Oliver was a civil engineer whose early career was in railway construction. He then worked on sewage and water supply projects before joining the MMBW in 1891. When the Maroondah Weir and aqueduct project was commenced, Mr Oliver and another Board of Works officer, Mr Renwick, were employed as supervisors. They both brought their wives to live at Yarra Flats. Oliver apparently purchased land in the district because he is recorded as paying rates at Yarra Flats for the year 1888/1889. His only son, Calder Kernot Oliver, was born at Yarra Glen in 1888. It is quite possible that Oliver Street was named after the engineer.

Sources: Vital Connections: Melbourne and its Board of Works 1891-1991, by Tony Dingle & Carolyn Rasmussen; Healesville Guardian