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Edward Bellingham Price

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1882. First Electric Tramcar - Portrush. Notes by Edward's own hand. E. B. Price, Mrs W. A. Traill, Dr Hopkinson, W. A. Trail

Edward Bellingham Price (1859-1898)

1898 Obituary [1]

1898 Obituary[2]

"By the death of Edward Bellingham Price, B.A., M.Inst.C.E., Assistant Engineer for Public Works, which took place at his residence, "Maruna," Hunter's Hill, on Thursday, the 13th inst., the engineering profession in New South Wales has lost one of its most promising members, and one of its brightest ornaments. Mr. Price's ability as an engineer has been in evidence on many occasions since he arrived in the colony in 1885, and his modest and retiring disposition has prevented his exceptional professional qualifications from becoming better known. For some years he was engaged in carrying out the Water Supply works at Balranald, Wentworth, etc., and in 1888 was appointed a Special Commissioner to visit Broken Hill and report on a number of matters requiring urgent attention there. Since then he filled the position of Examiner for Public Works for several years, when his masterly reports on a multitude of subjects called forth the highest encomiums from those most qualified to speak.

During he last few years of his life Mr. Price has been mainly employed in investigating and carrying out a number of Water Supply Schemes in the country districts, where his wide knowledge and his marked originality have been the means of saving the country many thousands of pounds. Perhaps the work by which he will be most widely known, and his name most intimately associated, will be the proposal for the prevention of damage by floods in the valley of the Hunter River. After the most careful and exhaustive examination Mr. Price has proposed a scheme at once bold, and eminently feasible, and the work will involve the construction of a concrete and clay dam the largest in the world. Mr. Price was the third son of the eminent Mr. James Price, M.A.I. of Dublin, who had the honour of filling the position of President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Ireland.

Of his private life only those who knew Mr. Price most intimately may speak. It is sufficient to say that his untimely death from typhoid fever at the early age of 38 years, has left a blank in the lives of his many friends, to whom his modesty, his single-mindedness, and his frank and generous nature had endeared him.

His broad hand, 'twas ever open," "His brave heart, 'twas ever warm."

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Sources of Information

  1. 1898 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries
  2. Journal of the Institution of Surveyors, New South Wales