I wrote earlier this month about the Victorian Government Gazettes. The Gazette published a list of railway employees every three years between 1884 and 1929.
I have been able to follow the career of my husband's great grandfather, Henry Dawson (1864 - 1929).
On 7 June 1889 commenced employment as a railway employee.
On 4 February 1896 he was with the traffic branch as a carriage cleaner.
On 2 February 1899 he was with the traffic branch as a porter.
On 1 January 1902 again employed as a carriage cleaner. His pay was 7 shillings weekly.
As he was not mentioned in the gazette listing of 1905 it appears that Henry had left the railways before January 1905 (1905 Gazette 141 Page 4744 http://gazette.slv.vic.gov.au/view.cgi?year=1905&class=general&page_num=4719&state=V&classNum=G142)
The Commonwealth of Australia Electoral Roll of 1909 has him still employed as a railway employee. He probably hadn't updated his voting registration. (1909 Australian Electoral Roll, Bentleigh polling place, Division of Balaclava, State of Victoria)
On 1 January 1912 Henry Dawson recommenced work with the railways
On 4 August 1914, 27 February 1918 and 7 April 1921 he was with the transportation branch as a lampman. He was still in that job on 24 November 1925; his weekly pay was 14 shillings 8 pence.
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There is more information about railway employment at http://prov.vic.gov.au/provguide-40 This web page includes a list of the Gazettes with the triennial listings of railway employees.