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John Davy Postle

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John Davy Postle (1839-1903)

1904 Obituary [1]

JOHN DAVY POSTLE died at his residence, Glebe Point, Sydney, New South Wales, on the 17th November, 1903.

Born on the 1st December, 1839, he received his early training in the locomotive works of Robert Stephenson and Co, and in 1860 emigrated to Australia, where for some years he was engaged in mining work and in the design and construction of refrigerating machinery.

In 1878 he joined the Roads and Bridges Branch of the Public Works Department of New South Wales, and in the following gear was appointed Roads Superintendent at Bourke in the Western District.

In 1882 he was transferred to Bega in the south Roads Superintendent, and in 1891 was appointed Resident Engineer for that district.

He retired from this appointment in 1895 on a pension. While located in the southern part of the Colony he carried out an extensive mountain road between Colombo and Cooma, crossing what is known as Brown Mountain, to connect the south eastern portion of the Colony with the Cooma railway terminus. . . . [more]

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