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Charles Adcock

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Charles Adcock (1860-1899)


1899 Obituary [1]

CHARLES ADCOCK, born on the 15th October, 1860, was a native of Leicestershire.

He was educated at Appleby Grammar School, and in 1877 was articled to Clement Dunscombe, who was then Borough Engineer of Derby. On the completion of his articles in 1880 he was engaged as an assistant by Mr. Dunscombe, who had become City Engineer of Liverpool. In that capacity he was employed for nine years on various municipal work, including the construction of tramways and the improvement of streets.

In 1883 Mr. Adcock was appointed County Surveyor of West Sussex, and while holding that post was responsible for the organisation of a new system of road management, for the reconstruction of several bridges, and for the erection of county buildings.

Owing to ill-health Mr. Adcock was compelled to resign his appointment in 1896, and acting on medical advice he left England for Western Australia, where he filled various posts in the Public Works Department. He was at first in the Sewerage and Water Supply Branch, where he was in charge of the construction of the new reservoir at Fremantle, and finally in the Harbours and Rivers Branch. The change of climate did not, however, effect the desired improvement in his health, and Mr. Adcock died at Guildford, Western Australia, on the 15th July, 1898, at the age of 37.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 2nd April, 1889.



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