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Robert Barnes (1864-1894)

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Robert Barnes (1864-1894)

1894 Obituary [1]

ROBERT BARNES, born on the 24th of August, 1864, was the youngest son of Mr. Robert Barnes of Mawbray House, near Maryport.

He was educated at Penrith Grammar School and at the Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill, where he was regarded as a steady industrious worker who might be relied upon to do his best.

From Coopers Hill he passed into the Public Works Department of the Government of India as an Assistant Engineer, 2nd grade. After twelve months’ practical course on railway work in Glasgow and on the construction of the line from Greenock to Gourock, he proceeded to India in the autumn of 1886 and was posted to the Belgaum and Kolhapur Division in the Bombay Presidency.

From March, 1887, to July, 1889, he was in charge of the construction and maintenance of roads in the Vingurla and Yergatti Sub-divisions. He was then transferred to the Irrigation Branch for four months, for the purpose of preparing plans and estimates for the water-supply of Hubli; and from November, 1889, to the following July he was again in charge of the Yergatti Sub-division....[more]

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