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George Morgan Lane

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George Morgan Lane (1856-1892)

1893 Obituary [1]

GEORGE MORGAN LANE, born on the 31st of May, 1856, was the youngest son of the late Michael Lane, a former Engineer-in-chief of the Great Western Railway.

At the age of eighteen he was articled to Stothert and Pitt, of Bath, for three years, during which time he passed through the fitting shop, foundry, smiths'-shop, and drawing-office.

In 1877 he went to the Cape and served for a time as an Assistant Engineer on the Western Province Railways, under the late Henry J. Pauling, and then in a similar capacity on the Orange River bridges erected by Westwood, Baillie and Co, for the Public Works Department of the Cape of Good Hope.

On the completion of that work, he obtained in 1880 an appointment in Brazil, as an Assistant Engineer on the Park Waterworks and Engineer-in-charge of the Custom House Jetty. These posts, however, he resigned in the following year, in order to visit the United States with the object of acquiring a knowledge of the American system of bridge-building.

Mr. Lane's visit to the United States was destined to become a residence of six years.....[more]

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