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Biographical entry Watson, Robert (1822 - 1891)

21 November 1822
Dartington, near Totnes, Devon, England
7 April 1891
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Robert Watson, MInstCE MVIE CE, was the Engineer-in-Chief of the Victorian Railways (1882-1891). He arrived in Victoria in 1854, and joined the Victorian Railways as Resident Engineer in charge of Surveys. Prior to that he had worked in England on the extension of the Great Western Railway, and on the South Devon Line. In Victoria, he gave evidence to the Select Committee on the Railway Terminus at Spencer Street in 1861. He was the Resident Engineer on the Sandhurst to Echuca Railway in 1864, and, as Resident Engineer on the North-Eastern Line, gave evidence on the Coliban Water Supply Scheme in 1869, on the Silting of Hobson's Bay in 1871, and on the Petition by Mrs Laggett in 1882. He was the First President of the Victorian Institution of Engineers in 1883.



1 December 1868
Career event - Member (MInstCE), Institution of Civil Engineers, London
Career event - Foundation Member, Victorian Engineers Association

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  • Cumming, D. A., Some Public Works Engineers in Victoria in the Nineteenth Century (Melbourne: University of Melbourne, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 1985), 59 pp. Details

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