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Robert Cadding Hemberow

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Robert Cadding Hemberow (1849-1888)

1888 Obituary [1]

ROBERT CADDING HEMBEROW was born on the 28th of June, 1849, at Timperley, in Cheshire. He commenced his professional career as Assistant-Engineer on the Grosswardein-Elausenburgh section of the East Hungarian Railway for Messrs. Waring Brothers and Eckersley, in the years 1868 to 1870.

On his return to England he was engaged as Contractor’s Engineer on a railway near Chester.

In 1874 he was appointed Manager of the extensive works at Carlisle under Messrs. Ward and Ross. These works were undertaken by the Caledonian and the London and North-Western Railway Companies, and comprised an entire remodelling of the Carlisle station, and new lines of way were laid down for the various companies using the Citadel station. Mr. Hemberow had, as contractor’s agent, the entire charge of these important works from 1874 to 1878 ; on their completion, he took charge as Contractor’s Engineer of the Bridge Street Improvement Contract, executed by Messrs. Ward and Ross for the Caledonian Railway Company.

He was afterwards engaged in a like capacity in the construction of the Cleator and Workington Railway, of which the Engineers were Messrs. Wadham, Turner, and Strongitharm, and the Contractors Messrs. Ward, Ross, and Siddelow, and upon a contract at Barrow-in-Furness, Mr. Stileman, M.Inst.C.E., being the Engineer.

In 1882 he was engaged by Messrs. Eckersley, Bayliss, and Gripper, to take charge, as their agent, of the works at the Algeciras end of the Jerez and Algeciras Railway, and on the death of Mr. Gripper in 1883 he became manager of all the works on this line of railway.

In the latter part of the year 1886 he was occupied in the examination of the proposed Santa Marta Railway in Columbia, South America, for Messrs. James Livesey and Son, and he made for these gentlemen a very full and interesting report of this proposed line of railway.

He undertook quite recently for Mr. Woods, Past-President Inst. C.E., to survey and report upon a line of railway between Pontevedra and Carril in Galicia, in the North of Spain, and here it is believed he contracted the illness (typhoid fever) which terminated fatally in London on the 4th of March, 1888.

Mr. Hemberow, in the discharge of the important duties that devolved upon him, gained the esteem and respect of his employers and of all the various persons with whom he came in contact.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 7th of December, 1875.

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