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William Arthur Frend

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William Arthur Frend (1858-1889)

1889 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM ARTHUR FREND was born in County Limerick, Ireland, on the 22nd of April, 1858. H

He was educated at the Limerick Collegiate Academy under Mr. James Weir, and afterwards entered Trinity College, Dublin. Here he took the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor in Engineering, and at the examination for the latter took special certificates in engineering and physics.

On leaving college he joined the staff of Messrs. Falkiner and Stanford, and was by them employed on the Rathmines Waterworks, near Dublin.

He then entered the service of the Board of Public Works, Ireland, and was appointed to the charge of a pier being built at Rosscarbery, County Cork. This work, which occupied three years, was brought to a successful issue early in 1888 ; and in the autumn of the same year Mr. Frend emigrated to Rosario de Santa FB, Argentine Republic. Here he was appointed Assistant Engineer on the Central Argentine Railway, and for the space of about six months filled the position with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his employers.

Unhappily, he was stricken with typhoid fever, and on the 13th of March, 1889, succumbed to the disease. As a son, a brother, and a friend, he had few equals. In his business relations he gained the respect of all those with whom he came in contact, and would no doubt have made his mark in the profession had his life been spared. Mr. Frend was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 24th of May, 1887.

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