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Edmund Scott Barber (1845-1896)

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Edmund Scott Barber (1845-1896)


1896 Obituary [1]

EDMUND SCOTT BARBER, born at Newport, Mon., on the 16th August, 1845, was the son of the late Edmund Scott Barber, a well-known Mining Engineer in South Wales.

On the death of the latter in 1854, the family removed to Brussels; but after about three years returned to this country and settled first in Cornwall and subsequently at Plymouth, where Edmund was educated at private schools.

He was not yet seventeen when, in January, 1862, he was articled to the late Alexander Bassett, who had been in partnership with his father and had succeeded to that gentleman’s practice in South Wales. Among other posts. held by Mr. Bassett was that of County Surveyor of Glamorganshire

and during the nine years of his connection with that

engineer, Edmund Barber obtained considerable experience in road and bridge work and in the erection of public buildings. He also acted as Mr. Bassett’s assistant on the construction of the Pontypridd Waterworks and of the Cowbridge Railway, in the preparation of the surveys for the Alexandra Docks, Newport, of which the late Mr. Abernethy was the Engineer-in-Chief, and the railway work in Carmarthenshire.

In June, 1873, Mr. Barber was appointed to the Public Works Department of Ceylon, . . . [more]



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