Rail unions in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania had, over the previous three years, lodged a significant log of claims for varioation of the Railways Consolidated Award. Justice Drake-Brockman of the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration made an order for a Board in each State to investigate and recommend appropriate changes. Colonel James Purcell Clark, Commissioner of the Court of Requests and Police Magistrate in Hobart, was appointed to chair the Tasmanian Board which sat at Hobart, Launceston and Devonport betwen 27 September 1943 and 24 February 1944. The Board, dealing with a log of 339 claims, sat for 37 days and heard 203 witnesses. Colonel Clark submitted his report to the Court on 22 June 1944.