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Robert John George

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Robert John George (1841-1890)

1891 Obituary [1]

ROBERT JOHN GEORGE was born on the 10th of May, 1841, at Sandgate, Kent. He received his education at Marlborough College and at Frankfort-on-Main, and in May 1858 was articled to the late John Wright.

After a pupilage of three years he became Mr. Wright's chief assistant, and was engaged under him on the surveys of the Rhymney Railway, the Maidstone and Ashford Railway, and the Loose Valley Railway.

In November, 1863, he proceeded to India as a second-class engineer upon the Indus Valley Railway.

In April, 1866, he was transferred to the Delhi Railway where he had charge as Resident Engineer of the Jumna Bridge Works, and of a length of line under construction.

In 1870 he returned to England and began practice on his own account. He was employed by the Great Western Railway Company during the conversion of the gauge of the South Wales line in 1872, and in 1873 superintended and arranged for the construction of dock works at Charlestown, Cornwall.

In 1874 he was appointed engineer to the new Sewerage Works at Carmarthen, which were designed by him ; he also had charge of the waterworks at Fishguard.

In 1883 he came to London, where he was occupied in several commercial transactions, and in 1889 he accepted an appointment under Mr. John Jackson on the Argentine Northern Central Railways Extension.

Whilst engaged on this work he died suddenly, on the 19th of August, 1890, at Tuclame through the bursting of a blood-vessel.

Mr. George was elected an Associate-Member of the Institution on the 3rd of May, 1870, and was transferred to the class of Member on the 11th of May, 1875.

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