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Alexander Forrester Stewart

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Alexander Forrester Stewart (1864-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

ALEXANDER FORRESTER STEWART was born at Black River, Richmond, N.S., on the 8th January, 1864, and died at Halifax, N.S., Canada, on the 30th October, 1937.

He was educated at Pictou Academy, N.S., and Dalhousie University, and received his scientific training at McGill University. He entered the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1887 and worked on pioneer railway construction in the west.

In 1895 he went to South Africa, where he remained 11 years. He was at first employed on surveys and construction in Natal, Transvaal, Zululand, and Cape Colony, while during the Boer War he was in the service of the Imperial Military Railways in the Transvaal.

From 1903 he was employed on surveys and maintenance for the Cape Government Railways until he returned to Canada at the end of 1906. He was then with the Canadian Northern Railway until its incorporation into the Canadian National System.

He retired in 1932, after he had been appointed Chief Engineer of the Canadian National Railway’s Atlantic division in 1920.

He was elected a Member of The Institution in 1910, and acted as Member of Council for Canada from 1931 to 1933.

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