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Gilbert Macintyre Hunter

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Gilbert MacIntyre Hunter (1862-1939)

1940 Obituary [1]

GILBERT MACINTYRE HUNTER was born at Maybole, Ayrshire, in 1862, and was educated there and at Carrick Academy and the Ayr Academy. He served his apprenticeship from 1882 to 1886 in the engineer's office of the Caledonian Railway Company. On completing his apprenticeship he was placed in charge of the construction of branch lines and the renewal of bridges and buildings on this railway. He then became chief assistant engineer on the construction of the Anglo-Chilian Railway, Tocopilla, and subsequently he was promoted to be resident engineer.

He was afterwards employed as engineer on the design and construction of waterworks in British Guiana, and later he was engaged on the construction of both the Sierra Leone Government Railway, and the Gold Coast Government Railway. After a period during which he was engineer on the Dorada Railway, Colombia, he carried out work on the construction of waterworks extension at Selkirk. In 1907 he joined the Nitrate Railway Company, Ltd., Iquique, as resident engineer, and he held this post until 1930 when he retired and returned to this country.

He died on 7th December 1939. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1913. He had been a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers for over fifty years, and he was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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