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Charles Caulfeild Fishe

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Charles Caulfeild Fishe (1821-1870)


1871 Obituary [1]

MR. CHARLES CAULFElLD FISHE was the second son of Commander Fishe, R.N., and was maternally descended from the noble families of Drogheda and Charlemont. He was born at Waterford, on the 22nd of October, 1821 ; and was educated at the endowed school, New Ross, and at Colonel Colby's engineering school, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

In the year 1837 he was articled to Mr. Edward White, a Civil Engineer engaged on the Boundary Survey of Ireland ; and in the following year went to Mr. William Jones, District Boundary Surveyor, and received the appointment of Boundary Surveyor from Sir Richard Griffith, Bart., M. Inst. C.E., then the General Surveyor of Ireland.

On the completion of the Survey, in the autumn of the year 1843, he came to London, and through the introduction of friends obtained an appointment in the office of the late Mr. I. K. Brune1, V.P. Inst. C.E.

In the year 1844 he was sent by Mr. Brunel to Ireland on the surveys for the Dublin, Wicklow, and Wexford railway, and in the ensuing year to Wales on the proposed railway from Worcester to Porth-Dyn-Uden, promoted by the Great Western Railway Company.

Mr. Brunel's Parliamentary business increasing, he was recalled from this work to take the management of the office. On the death of Mr. Brunel, in 1859, his works were carried on by Mr. R. P. Brereton, M. Inst. C.E., with whom Mr. Fishe remained for five years.

From 1864 he was principally occupied as Resident Engineer, first on the Blisworth and Stratford-on-Avon line of the East and West Junction railway, and then on the extension of the line from Stratford to the town of Worcester.

He also, in the year 1866, prepared the plans of the Teme Valley railway for Parliament, as Joint Engineer with Mr. Burke and Mr. Purchas, M. Inst. C.E.

He subsequently gave considerable time to the Duchy of Cornwall office; and on the eve of marriage was nominated to represent the interest of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, in a case of arbitration with the Crown.

His engagements abroad compelled him reluctantly to decline this distinction, and he died at Rome during his wedding tour, on the 3rd of April, 1870, after three days' illness, of fever combined with congestion of the lungs.

He had only been elected a Member of the Institution on the 4th of May in the previous pear.


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