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Arthur Hemery Le Breton

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Arthur Hemery Le Breton (1849-1883)

1884 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR HEMERY LE BRETON was the son of Mr. P. H. Le Breton, Barrister-at-Law, and for many years a prominent and active member of the Metropolitan Board of Works. He was born at Wimbledon on the 9th of November, 1849, and was educated at a private school at St. John’s Wood, and at University College, London, and afterwards for some months at Brussels.

In February 1867 he entered the service of Sir John Hawkshaw, Past-President Inst. C.E., and for about twelve months was engaged chiefly in office routine work. Two years later he was employed on the construction of the South West India Dock.

In 1871 he was engaged by Mr. John Wolfe Barry, M. Inst. C.E, as Assistant-Engineer in making preliminary surveys and sections for the projected railway from Buenos Ayres to Rosario, and was occupied on this work for about eighteen months, staying on the River Plate until after the completion of thc survey.

In April 1874 he was appointed Resident-Engineer in charge of the construction of the Louisburg (Cape Breton) Railway, where he remained till the temporary stoppage of the works in October 1875. After this he went as an assistant on the Government Railways in Natal.

On returning from South Africa he was employed for a short time on the Isle of Wight, and the Hull and Barnsley Railways, and finally on the Brazilian Imperial and Central Bahia Railway. Whilst engaged on this work he was seized with a violent attack of congestion of the liver, and died on board the "s.s.. Minho” on the 13th of October, 1883.

Mr. Le Breton was elected an Associate on the 1st of February, 1876, and was subsequently transferred to the class of Associate Members.

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