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Richard Hassard

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Richard Hassard (1820-1913).

1913 Obituary [1]

RICHARD HASSARD, eldest son of the late Mr. John Hassard, D.L., was born at Bawnboy, Co. Cavan, on the 11th December, 1820, and died in London on the 4th February, 1913, in his ninty-third year.

Educated at Mount Radford School, Exeter, he adopted the engineering profession, and early turned his attention to hydraulic works. Amongst the principal undertakings in Ireland with which he was associated were the Dublin (Vartry) Waterworks, and similar works at Rathmines, Rathgar, Sligo, Dundalk, Enniskillen, Cavan, Newry and other towns. For several years he was chief assistant to the late G. W. Hemans, Vice-President Inst. C.E., in the survey and construction of various railways in Ireland, including the Newry and Armagh, the Portadown and Dungannon, and other lines.

In England he was responsible for the Tenby, Petworth, Wargrave and other water undertakings, and he also constructed the Devon and Somerset Railway between Taunton and Barnstaple. He was well known in Parliamentary committee-rooms, and was highly respected by all who knew him.

Mr. Hassard was elected a Member of The Institution on the 6th March, 1866.

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