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Henry Hawkins Myburgh

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Henry Hawkins Myburgh (1871-1908)

1908 Obituary [1]

HENRY HAWKINS MYBURGH, after studying in the engineering department of King’s College, London, went out to obtain practical experience in South Africa, where he passed the remainder of his engineering career.

Serving first under Mr. R. E. Brounger on the Bloemfontein-Vale River railway extension, he was next employed by the Cape Public Works Department to superintend the construction of the Lady Loch bridge extension and the erection of a timber bridge at Heidelberg.

He then assisted Sir Charles Metcalfe on the Vryburg-Mafeking and other railway extension work, and in 1894 he entered the service of Messrs. Pauling and Company, contractors, of Cape Town, remaining with them in charge of various railway contracts until 3 years before his death, when he was acting as Resident Engineer on the construction of the new Cape Central railways.

He died at Wynberg, Cape Colony, of rheumatic fever, on the 28th February, 1908, aged only 37 years. Mr. Myburgh was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 1st December, 1896.

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