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Augustus Haghe

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Augustus Haghe (1846-1890)


1890 Obituary [1]

AUGUSTUS HAGHE, eldest son of Louis Haghe, the well-known artist, one of the Past Presidents of the Institute in Water Colours, was born on the 25th of May, 1846. He inherited much of his father’s artistic talent.

He began his engineering career in the employ of Messrs. Simpson, civil engineer, under whom he served in 1866 and 1867. In the following year he became a pupil of Joseph Phillips. Hardly had he passed his noviciate, when a severe attack of congestion of the lungs necessitated a complete change of climate ; for this purpose he made a voyage to Australia.

At the end of 1869 he recommenced work as Superintending Engineer for Mr. Joseph Phillips in connection with a scheme at Hull. From Hull, Mr. Haghe, still in the same employ, went to the Blackwall Docks, and thence to Liverpool and Weymouth.

On the completion of the Weymouth Harbour improvement contract, in 1874, he entered the service of T. and C. Hawksley, for the purpose of building and erecting a gasholder at Folkestone gas-works. The large reservoirs at the Leicester water-works next claimed his attention, and from there he went to Great Yarmouth to construct filter-beds at Ormesby Broads. He subsequently built and erected a gas-holder at Newark.

In 1883 he went to Scotland with Joseph Phillips to assist in the erection of the Forth Bridge. Three years later he returned to London completely broken down in health, and from that date to his death, on the 15th of February, 1890, he was almost entirely confined to the house. Mr. Haghe patented an apparatus for the improvement of signals, and a machine for facilitating the erection of long ladders, besides other smaller patents. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 5th of April, 1887. He was not only a most intelligent, courteous, and amiable man, but as frank in his manner as he was honourable in all his undertakings.



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