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Edmund Lincoln Harper (1850-1891)
1891 Obituary 
. . . . he was engaged by Greenfield and Co, as draughtsman and assistant on the Alexandria Harbour Works, for which they were the contractors.
Mr. Harper remained in Egypt for seven years, during which time he acquired much valuable practical acquaintance with the management of Eastern workmen, as well as thoroughly mastering Arabic and the lingua franca of the Levant.
Returning home in the autumn of 1877, he was for a short time employed in Parliamentary surveying ; but in the spring of the following year was engaged by Edward Easton, by whom he was entrusted with various important prospective surveys, computations of watersheds, reporting upon water-works, and the like.
In March, 1879, he was again in Egypt as assistant engineer for Mr. Easton, on works of water-supply and irrigation. Two years later he became Chief Engineer of a French company . . . [more]