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Charles Arbuthnot Hubback

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Charles Arbuthnot Hubback (1867-1911)

1911 Obituary [1]

CHARLES ARBUTHNOT HUBBACK was born at Heath End, near Aldershot, on 29th July 1867.

He served his apprenticeship in the works of the North London Railway at Bow, under Mr. J. C. Park, and of the Taff Vale Railway, Cardiff, as a fitter and afterwards draughtsman, under Mr. T. Hurry Riches.

He then went abroad, having been appointed locomotive superintendent of the Tehuantepec Railway, Mexico, and on the completion of his three years' agreement he went in the same capacity on the Natal and Nova Cruz Brazilian Railway.

On the termination of the agreement he became locomotive superintendent on the Lagos Government Railway, West Africa, but had to resign his post after a few months on account of his health breaking down.

On recovering his health he proceeded to Chile as locomotive superintendent on the Nitrate Railways, Iquique, and after he had completed his three years' agreement he returned to England.

In June 1910 he went to Vancouver, British Columbia, and there he was employed on construction work for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the Rocky Mountains.

Owing to the severity of the weather he contracted an illness which resulted in his death at Vancouver on 25th January 1911, at the age of forty-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.

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