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Mark William Carr (1847-1904)

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Mark William Carr (1847-1904)

1847 Born son of Mark William Carr (1822-1888)

1905 Obituary [1]

MARK WILLIAM CARR died at Piera Cava, near Nice, on the 29th July, 1904, in his fifty-eighth year.

The eldest son of Mark William Carr, formerly Chief Engineer of the Great Southern of India Railway, the subject of this notice was born on the 27th March, 1847, and received his education at Hereford Grammar School and Eltham Collegiate School, subsequently passing through the engineering classes at King’s College, London.

In 1866 he commenced his professional career under his father in India on the construction of the Allahabad-Jubulpore and other sections of the East Indian Railway.

In 1870 he was appointed Assistant Engineer on the construction of the Rohilkhand Division of the Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway, and was promoted to the position of District Engineer on the same railway in 1874.

On his return to England in 1876 he received an appointment as District Engineer on the railways which the Natal Government was then about to commence under the direction of William Ridley as Chief Resident Engineer in Natal. On thecompletion of the first sections of the coast lines and main line to Pietermaritzburg, Mr. Carr remained in charge of the maintenance of main lines and for a time also directed the traffic department until the appointment of Mr. (now Sir) David Hunter as General Manager.

In 1882, on the extension of the system from Pietermaritzburg to Ladysmith, he succeeded Mr. Ridley as Chief Resident Engineer, the title of the appointment being changed in 1889 to that of Engineer-in-Chief of the Natal Government railways.

During Mr. Carr’s tenure of office, considerable extensions of the railway system were carried out in the Colony, including the lines to Park, Rynie and to the Tugela River ; the Bluff Railway ; the branch lines to Richmond and to Greytown ; and the continuation of the main line to Heidelberg in the Transvaal. In view of the necessity for light and cheap railway communication with outlying districts, most of these branches were laid out as light lines....(more)

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