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Valentine Browne

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Valentine Browne (1824-1883)

1883 Obituary [1]

VALENTINE BROWNE, son of Captain Valentine Browne, formerly paymaster of pensioners at Shrewsbury, was born in 1824, being of Irish descent. He was educated at Elphin, Co. Leitrim, and at Cheltenham College, England, and was then articled to Mr. Hall, County Surveyor of Leitrim, with whom he remained seven years.

He was afterwards engaged for a short time under Sir John Macneill, M. Inst. C.E., and was next employed for two years, as District Engineer under Valentine Browne, for the Board of Public Works, Ireland. He subsequently became Resident Engineer on the Frankfort, Wiesbaden, and Cologne Railway, under Mr. Vignoles, Past President Inst. C.E.; and six months later, in 1857, was appointed assistant to Mr. G. M. Miller, M. Inst. C.E., in the permanent way department on the Great Southern and Western (Ireland) Railway, and became Engineer to the northern section of that line in 1865.

He carried out several works, such as renewing in stone and iron some large river bridges originally constructed of timber, and was joint engineer with Mr. William Baker, M. Inst. C.E., for the construction of the branch line from Kingsbridge to the North Wall, which passes round the north side of Dublin. Mr. Browne was elected a Member of the Institution on the 4th of May, 1869.

He left the Great Southern and Western Railway in 1877, and died at Tuam on the 6th of January, 1883.

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