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Edward Newdigate

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Edward Newdigate (1866-1896)

1897 Obituary [1]

EDWARD NEWDIGATE, born on the 22nd July, 1866, at Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire, was the son of Nr. Alfred Newdigate of Leamington Spa.

In 1883 he was articled for three years to Mr. W. de Normanville, Borough and Waterworks Engineer of Leamington.

On the expiry of his pupilage he went to Canada, where he was engaged in the North Western Territory in surveying under Mr. A. W. McVittie, at Calgary.

Later he was employed by Messrs. Child and Wilson, of Calgary, in the preparation of plans and surveys for a projected waterworks scheme. He also designed a timber Howe-truss bridge of two 80-feet spans over the Elbow river, and other works.

After three years in Canada he returned home and became Assistant Borough and Waterworks Engineer at Leamington under his old chief, Mr. de Normanville.

On the 13th June, 1896, Mr. Newdigate sailed for South Africa to take up an appointment on the new line of railway in course of construction between Pretoria and Pietersburg in the north of the Transvaal. Shortly after his arrival he was sent with a survey party to a portion of the proposed line about a hundred miles up country. Before he had been long in the camp he fell ill with typhoid fever. His companions moved him first to a wayside inn some 5 miles away, and later, after an anxious journey by wagon of about 25 miles, to a larger inn at the village of Kylstroom, where he died on the 25th August.

Mr. Newdigate was elected an Associate Member on the 6th December, 1892.

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