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Francis William Otter

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Francis William Otter (1847-1885)

1885 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS WILLIAM OTTER was the third son of the Ven. William Bruere Otter, Archdeacon of Lewes, and was born on January 8th, 1847.

His education was mainly private, but he was for a short time a student at King’s College, London. He became a pupil of Mr. Peter Barlow, M.Inst.C.E., and assisted in the construction of the railway bridge over the river Lea, at Bow.

In 1873 he was, together with Mr. McNair and Mr. Allen, appointed to survey and build a railway from Teheran to Reshd under a concession from the Shah of Persia to Baron de Reuter. When the line had been surveyed and a small part of it built, the concession was suddenly withdrawn, and the engineers returned to England.

From 1875 to 1878 Mr. Otter was engaged in the construction of a railway from Worcester in the Cape Colony, under the Colonial Government.

Mr. Otter was elected an Associate Member on the 3rd of December, 1872.

He had not practised the profession for some years previous to his death, which occurred on the 1st of January, 1885.

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