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Arthur Cameron Hurtzig (1853-1915) of Baker and Hurtzig

son of Charles Hurtzig, a merchant, of London


1915 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR CAMERON HURTZIG died on June 26, 1915.

He was born in 1853, and was the son of the late Charles Hurtzig. He received his preliminary education at Ware Grammar School, and afterwards at University College, London, where he gained a diploma in engineering. After serving for three years with the late Sir Benjamin Baker, he became, in 1875, principal assistant to Mr. T. R. Winder, the resident engineer on the Rosslare harbour and Waterford and Wexford railway works. A few years later he became engaged on the new dock works and graving docks at Hull. From January 1881 to July 1885 he had charge, as resident engineer, of the Alexandra Dock works of the Hull, Barnsley, and West Junction Railway and Dock Company, and in the latter year he became chief engineer, retaining that post for three years.

In 1888 he left Hull in order to become chief assistant to Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, and thereafter took his part in all the important works carried out by that firm, into which he was taken as junior partner in 1891.

In 1898, on the death of Sir John Fowler, the firm became Baker & Hurtzig, and on the death of Sir Benjamin Baker he became the head of the firm. He completed Sir Benjamin Baker's work for the Egyptian Government in respect of the raising of the Assuan Dam and the building of the Isna Barrage.

He occupied numerous positions, including those of engineer of the Forth Bridge Railway Company; consulting engineer to the Dover Harbour Board for new works (completed in 1913); joint consulting engineer to the Bristol Corporation in respect of the Avonmouth Dock works; and consulting engineer to the firm of Vickers, Ltd., on several important works, including a shipbuilding and repairing yard and floating dock at Montreal. He acted also as sole arbitrator in many cases affecting the War Office, the London County Council, and other bodies.

He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and was a frequent contributor to the proceedings of that body and of other technical societies. He was elected a member of the iron and Steel Institute in 1902.


1916 Obituary [2]

ARTHUR CAMERON HURTZIG, who died on the 26th June, 1915, was born in London in September, 1853, educated at Ware Grammar School and University College, London, and obtained his practical training under the late Sir Benjamin Baker, Past-President, whose partner he subsequently became.

On the expiration of his pupilage in 1875, he joined the staff of the Rosslare Harbour and Waterford and Wexford Railway Works, later acting for 2 years as contractor's agent in charge of the Rosslare works.

After a brief period on the Lough Erne Viaduct, under Mr. F. Barry, he accepted an appointment as assistant to Mr. R. A. Marillier, M. Inst. C.E., on the new dock works at Hull.

From 1881 to 1888 he acted first as Resident Engineer and later as Chief Engineer of the Alexandra dock works of the Hull, Barnsley and West Junction Railway and Dock Company.

In 1888 Mr. Hurtzig became chief assistant to Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, at Westminster, joining the firm as junior partner in 1891. On the death of Sir John Fowler, the style of the firm was changed to Baker and Hurtzig, and on Sir Benjamin Baker’s death Mr. Hurtzig became head of the firm. Both personally and as member of the firm he was associated, principally in a consulting capacity, with a large number of important undertakings, including the Assuan Dam and the Isna barrage, works for the Ribble Navigation Commissioner and Dover Harbour Board, Avonmouth dock works and the Hull Joint Dock, the Khedivial graving dock at Alexandria, shipbuilding and other works for Vickers, Limited, the new Rochester bridge, and large warehouses at Genoa. He also acted as Consulting Engineer to many local authorities and public bodies, and as arbitrator and expert witness in a great variety of important cases. He was the author of two Papers published in the Proceedings, and was awarded Miller Prizes for Papers contributed by him as a Student.

Mr. Hurtzig was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 27th May, 1879, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 16th March, 1886.


1916 Obituary [3]

ARTHUR CAMERON HURTZIG, who died on the 26th June, 1915, was born in London in September, 1853, educated at Ware Grammar School and University College, London, and obtained his practical training under the late Sir Benjamin Baker, whose partner he subsequently became.

On the expiration of his pupilage in 1875, he joined the staff of the Rosslare Harbour and Waterford and Wexford Railway Works, later acting for two years as contractor's agent in charge of the Rosslare Works. After a brief period on the Lough Erne Viaduct, under Mr. F. Barry, he accepted an appointment as assistant to Mr. R. A. Marillier, M. Inst. C.E., on the new dock works at Hull.

From 1881 to 1888 he acted first as Resident Engineer and later as Chief Engineer of the Alexandra Dock Works of the Hull, Barnsley and West Junction Railway and Dock Company. In 1888 Mr. Hurtzig became Chief Assistant to Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker, at Westminster, joining the firm as junior partner in 1891.

On the death of Sir John Fowler, the style of the firm was changed to Baker and Hurtzig, and on Sir Benjamin Baker's death Mr. Hurtzig became head of the firm. Both personally and as member of the firm he was associated, principally in a consulting capacity, with a large number of important undertakings, including the Assuan Dam and the Isna Barrage, works for the Ribble Navigation Commissioners and Dover Harbour Board, Avonmouth Dock Works and the Hull Joint Dock, the Khedivial Graving Dock at Alexandria, shipbuilding and other works for Vickers, Limited, the new Rochester Bridge, and large warehouses at Genoa.

He also acted as Consulting Engineer to many local authorities and public bodies, and as arbitrator and expert witness in a great variety of important cases. He was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Hurtzig was elected a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society on the 13th January, 1886.


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