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Charles Blackburn Dunlop

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Charles Blackburn Dunlop (1843-1927)


1927 Obituary[1]

"THE LATE MR. C. B. DUNLOP.

We regret to note the death, on March 14 last, at his home, 22, Woodville-road, Ealing, London, W.5, of Mr. Charles Blackburn Dunlop, late chief engineer of the Nizam’s Guaranteed State Railway, India. The son of the late Mr. A. A. Dunlop, Sutton, Ireland, Mr. C. B. Dunlop was born on November 18, 1843, and received his early education at Portora Royal School; he afterwards attended Dublin University. In 1861, at the age of 18, Mr. Dunlop was articled to Mr. W. R. de Fanu, Dublin, and, on Mr. de Fanu’s retirement, two years later, he completed his period of training with Messrs. Cotton and Fleming, who succeeded to the business. While with this firm he was employed on the works of the Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford Railway extension. In June, 1865, he was given the position of assistant engineer under Mr. John Fowler (afterwards Sir John Fowler) and was employed principally on works in connection with the construction of the Metropolitan District Railway. In 1870, while still in Mr. Fowler’s service, Mr. Dunlop accepted an engagement under Messrs. Waring Brothers, and was employed by them on the Hungarian Eastern Railway, which they were at that time constructing. He returned to England in 1871, and was again, for a short time, employed under Mr. John Fowler.

Mr. Dunlop’s long association with engineering works in India commenced in September, 1871, when he was appointed assistant engineer in the Public Works Department of H.H. the Nizam, at Hyderabad, Deccan. After serving for a year in the Hyderabad district, he was placed in charge of the Chanda Railway survey. In March, 1874, he was promoted to the rank of executive engineer and, two years later, was placed in charge of the Hyderabad district. In January, 1879, Mr. Dunlop was promoted to the rank of executive engineer, first grade, and, during the subsequent year, officiated for the superintending engineer while that officer was on leave in England. In 1884, he wras transferred to the Nizam’s Guaranteed State Railway Company, when the Nizam’s Government proposed to extend railways throughout the Dominion. He subsequently became chief engineer, a position he occupied until his retirement in 1904. While in this capacity he was responsible for the preliminary surveys for the railways, and afterwards superintended the constructional works. Mr. Dunlop was elected to full membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers on December 4, 1883.



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