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William Buchan Christie

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William Buchan Christie (1847-1894)

1895 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BUCHAN CHRISTIE, born on the 16th of November, 1847, was educated at the Dollar Institute, near Stirling.

After being engaged for twelve months, under Messrs. Formans and McCall, on the construction of the Glasgow and South Western Railway, he was appointed in July, 1869, under the Stanley regulations, an Assistant Engineer, 3rd-grade, in the Public Works Department of Bengal. In that service he practically passed his life, rising through the various grades to that of Superintending Engineer, to which he was gazetted only two days before his death.

In 1877-78 Mr. Christie rendered excellent service in connection with the Bombay and Madras famines relief works. From 1879 to 1881 he was engaged on the construction of the Teesta Suspension Bridge, situated on the road from Darjeeling to the Thibet frontier. An account of this work, written by Mr. Christie, appeared in the 'Professional Papers on Indian Engineering' (vol. X. p. lsl), published by the Thomason Civil Engineering College, Roorkee.

During the latter years of his service in the Public Works Department of the Government of India....(more)

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