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John William Townsend Boys

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John William Townsend Boys (1860-1898)

1899 Obituary [1]

JOHN WILLIAM TOWNSEND BOYS, born in Christchurch, New Zealand, onithe 4th May, 1860, was the son of. Mr. J. G. Boys, one of the first settlers of Canterbury in that colony.

He was apprenticed to C. Napier Bell in 1877, and was employed on the sewerage works of Christchurch and on the dock works of Port Lyttelton, both then being carried on by Mr. Bell.

Mr. Boys was then employed on railway works in Tasmania, and shortly afterwards was appointed to superintend the construction of the Emu Bay concrete breakwater, then being carried out from the designs of Mr. Bell.

Mr. Boys next removed to Sydney, N.S.W., where he was engaged on railway surveys, but soon after he was appointed to superintend the construction of the sewerage works of North Sydney, where he carried out very heavy works in tunnel through some miles of sandstone hills under the city.

On the completion of those works, he was engaged as Engineer to the Paramatta, borough and county district, but shortly after he went to Perth, Western Australia, where he was appointed to assist Mr. Bell in preparing planfso r sewerage worksf or Perth and Fremantle.

In 1898 he fell a victim to typhoid.

Mr. Boys was a well-trained engineer of considerable attainments - painstaking, assiduous and intelligent. He was distinguished for his gentlemanly manners, integrity of character, and thorough trustworthiness in everything be undertook.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 2nd April, 1889.

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