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Charles Edward Stockwell

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Charles Edward Stockwell (1870-1899)

1899 Obituary [1]

CHARLES EDWARD STOCKWELL was born at Orange in New South Wales on 19th August 1870, being the eldest son of Mr. Charles Stockwell of Molong in that colony.

His early education was received at the Molong Public School, where he developed such talent in mathematics and drawing that at the age of eleven two of his drawings were exhibited in London, for which he gained two medals and a diploma. Afterwards he went to the Sydney Grammar School and Sydney Technical College, and in 1888 passed the Sydney University junior examinations.

From December 1889 to December 1893 he served his time as an apprentice in the works of Messrs. Hudson Brothers, engineers, Sydney, four years in the workshops and the fifth in the drawing office, and remained there as assistant draughtsman till April 1896.

He was then engaged as draughtsman by Mr. T. H. Houghton, consulting engineer, Sydney.

In February 1898 he was appointed assistant engineer to the Sydney and Suburban Hydraulic Power Co., in whose employ he remained until his untimely death on 18th September 1899 at the age of twenty-nine, which resulted from fracture of the skull caused by his coming into collision with an omnibus whilst riding a bicycle.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1897.

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