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Augustus John Darling Cameron

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Augustus John Darling Cameron (1841-1884)

1885 Obituary [1]

AUGUSTUS JOHN DARLING CAMERON, the only son of the late John Cameron, Esq., of Edinburgh and London, was born at Edinburgh, in October 1841, and was educated at the High School and also at the University in that capital.

In 1860 he became a pupil of Mr. John Paterson, and in the course of his pupilage had the advantage of assisting in carrying out extensive town improvements, harbour work, and sewerage and waterworks.

He was subsequently engaged by Messrs. Forman and McCall, Consulting Engineers, Glasgow and South-Western Railway, &c., who speak of him as exhibiting much skill in the designing of bridges, especially in the details of ironwork.

He was also for three years with Messrs. Wylie and Peddie, as Resident Engineer, in the construction of the eastern portion of the Berwickshire Railway. This firm speak of him thus: "In addition to his good natural talents, as showing great energy of character, and an extensive and varied knowledge of his profession."

For several years he held an appointment of Engineer in the India Office.

In 1879 he became Engineer to the South London Tramways Company, and under his superintendence the various lines of that company were constructed, up to the date of his death, which took place on November 27th, 1884, at the age of forty-three.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 27th of May, 1879, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 9th of November, 1880.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 6th June, 1881.

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