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Douglas Austhwaite Stanley

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Douglas Austhwaite Stanley (1838-1896)


1896 Obituary [1]

DOUGLAS AUSTHWAITE STANLEY, son of Mr. Edward Stanley, of Ponsonby Hall, Cumberland, for many years M.P. for West Cumberland, was born on the 24th of September, 1838.

After serving in the Royal Nary as a midshipman, he was articled in 1859 to the late Mr. John Trevor Barkley, Civil Engineer, and was subsequently employed from 1862 to 1864 on the survey and construction of the Danube and Black Sea Railway and Harbour under that gentleman.

From 1864 to 1866 he was engaged on the Varna and Rustchuk Railway, under Mr. William McCandlish, and was then for three years in charge of works on the Giurgevo and Bucharest Railway for Messrs. Brassey, Peto and Co.

He was next employed from 1869 to 1871 on the maintenance of the Varna Railway, under the Varna Railway Company, and in 1871 and 1872 on the survey of the western division of the Honduras Railway for Messrs. Waring and Co.

From 1872 to 1876 Mr. Stanley practised on his own account in England, and was afterwards for three years in charge of the survey and construction of the Evesham, Redditch and Stratford-on-Avon Railway, under Mr. Liddell.

He was subsequently employed from 1880 to 1884 on the construction of the Minas and Rio Railway for Messrs. Waring and Co., and from 1884 to the date of his death he practised on his own account. During that period he was constantly on the move, visiting Russia, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Egypt, Roumania and South Africa, for the purpose of reporting upon almost every class of engineering undertaking.

Mr. Stanley was socially a most agreeable companion and a good sportsman, a man of considerable character, activity and perseverance, most conscientious in the execution of his duties, and highly respected and esteemed by all who knew him.

He died at Monte Carlo from the effects of a chill on the 2nd of March, 1896, after a few hours’ illness.

He was elected a Member on the 1st of December, 1891.



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