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James Stewart (1863-1893)

1894 Obituary [1]

JAMES STEWART, junior, son of Mr. James Stewart of Auckland, New Zealand, was born in that town on the 11th of August, 1863.

After being educated at Auckland College and Grammar School, he was articled in 1881 for four years to his father, a member of the firm of Stewart and Hunter, with whom he remained as an assistant for three years after the expiration of his pupilage.

During that time he was principally engaged on the survey and construction of the Rotorua Railway, on which he acted as Resident Engineer.

At the beginning of 1889 Mr. Stewart went to South America, where he had obtained employment on survey work for the Central Uruguay Railway extensions.

From the following May until the end of July, 1891, he acted as District Engineer for Messrs. Perry, Cutbill, De Lungo & Co., on the construction of the Paraguay Central Railway.

In 1892 he was placed in charge of the construction of the Ferro Carril del Norte, a new line between Bogota and Cipaquira in the United States of Colombia.

He resigned that post, however, in September of the same year to undertake the survey of the Ocana Railway for the Railway and Works Company, Limited.

His career was unfortunately cut short, for before the conclusion of that survey he was bitten by a snake, from the effects of which he died on the 26th of January, 1893, near Quebrada de la Lejia in the United States of Colombia. He was distinguished for ability, zeal and perseverance, and gave every promise of a useful and successful career.

Mr. Stewart was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 24th of May, 1892.

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