Charles Alfred Lee

Leeton is named after Charles Alfred Lee, who was Minister for Public Works in the NSW Government from 1904 until 1910.

In January 1905 he chaired the Water Conservation and Irrigation Conference which initiated the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme, involving the construction of Burrinjuck Dam and the creation of Leeton.

Other achievements for Lee include briefly holding the role of leader of the Liberal Party of New South Wales in 1901, introducing prison libraries, lights in prison cells and nightdresses for female prisoners.

This former storekeeper demonstrated remarkable foresight for the needs of  NSW and the country.