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Robert Bellechasse Morison

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Robert Bellechasse Morison (1865-1906)

1907 Obituary [1]

ROBERT BELLECHASSE MORISON was born in London on the 26th August, 1865, and after completing his education at King’s College, London, he served his apprenticeship to the late Mr. Alfred Rumball.

In 1887 he went to South America as Assistant Engineer, and subsequently became Resident Engineer, on the South-Western Railway of Venezuela, where, with the exception of a short interval spent on irrigation work in California, he remained until 1895, when he went to South Africa.

He was first employed on railway surveys and construction in the Orange River Colony, on the completion of which he joined the staff of the Cape Government Railways, and remained in the Government service until ill-health obliged him to leave South Africa.

Between 1897 and 1905 he was employed in responsible positions on the Port Elizabeth and Avontuur railway survey, the construction of the Mashonaland railways, Transkeian and Concordia surveys, reduction of gradients on the Eastern lines, and the construction of various portions of the Cape railway system.

During the war Mr. Morison bore his full share of the arduous and difficult work of repair and renewal of the railway rendered necessary by the operations of the combatants.

He was last employed as Inspecting Engineer to the Government on the Mossel Bay extension of the Cape Central Railway.

He succumbed to the effects of a serious operation in the West Middlesex Hospital on the 29th January, 1906, aged 40.

Mr. Morison was elected a Member of The Institution on the 7th March, 1905.

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