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Arthur Joseph West (1863-1937)
1863 Born in Worcestershire, England.
Nothing is known about his youth and professional career in the early. On the recommendation of his friend William Clark Cowie, he was appointed as Chief Railway Engineer on 7 July 1896 by the North Borneo Chartered Company with an annual salary of 4,800 Straits dollar. Although his previous experience was limited to the construction of the kilometre-long narrow Labuan Line, with which the coal mines of Labuan had been connected to the port of Victoria Town, his position are completely independent from any control of the Governor while mainly directed by Cowie instead.