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Francis John Rothe Toby St George Caulfeild

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Francis John Rothe Toby St George Caulfeild (1852-1933)

1933 Obituary[1]


Mr. Francis John Rothe Toby St. George Caulfeild, I.S.O., who, we regret to state, died suddenly on October 17, at his home at Sproughton, Ipswich, was a former Director of Public Works, Federated Malay States. The sixth son of the Rt. Rev. Charles Caulfeild, D.D., Bishop of Nassau, be was born on February 20, 1852. After serving a pupilage of three years, from 1871 to 1874, under Mr. H. St. George Caulfeild, civil engineer, he became assistant engineer on the Brecon and Merthyr Tydvil Railway, subsequently going out to Colombia to survey and lay out a line of railway near the Magdalena River, under [[T. D. Roberts]|Mr. T. D. Roberts]]. Upon his return to this country after spending some months in South America, he was entrusted by Mr. Roberts with the completion of the river wharf and tipping stages at Connah’s Quay, on the River Dee. Mr. Caulfeild was afterwards appointed assistant engineer on the Reading drainage, water and irrigation works, under Mr. William Donaldson, and continued in this capacity until February, 1879, when he entered the office of Mr. John Russell, as managing engineer. After occupying this position for only six months, however, Mr. Caulfeild proceeded to the Straits Settlements in July, 1879, to take up the appointment of Superintendent of Public Works, Perak. During the succeeding four years he constructed the waterworks at Taiping and explored a considerable proportion of the Northern Districts of the Malay Peninsula.

In 1883, Mr. Caulfeild became State Engineer and Surveyor of Perak and in this capability was responsible for the construction of the Perak State Railway in 1886, at a cost of some 60,0001. Subsequently, he had charge of the construction of roads and buildings, on which considerable sums were expended. In 1901, he became Director of Public Works of the Federated Malay States and continued to occupy this position until his retirement in 1907. For his services, Mr. Caulfeild was awarded the Companionship of the Imperial Service Order in 1904. He became an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers on March 4, 1879, and was elected to full membership on May 24, 1887."

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