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Edward James Lynch

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Edward James Lynch (1838-1907) of Manchester, and subsequently Brazil

see Lynch and Inglis

1908 Obituary [1]

EDWARD JAMES LYNCH was born in Manchester on the 18th December, 1838, and at the age of 15 went with his father to Brazil, where soon after he was entered as a pupil at the Ponta D’Area Engineering Works, Rio de Janeiro.

After a year spent on the construction of the Custom House Quays, as an assistant to Mr. Charles Neata, he was engaged under the late Mr. W. G. Ginty at the works of the Rio Gas Company, on the construction of the Mangue Canal in that city, and in charge of the Tijuca Steam Tramway.

In 1868 he started in consulting practice in Rio deJaneiro, and subsequently he undertook the construction of the Macahe and Campos Railway.

On the completion of these works, he was connected with the construction of the Rio d’Ouro Waterworks under Mr. Gabrielli, the contractor.

In 1877 he undertook the drilling of the tunnel through the Morro do Livramento on the Dom Pedro Railway. Between 1879 and 1890 he devoted his attention to the construction and management of coffee works and sugar mill in Minas Geraes, Bahia and Pernambuco.

In 1893 he took charge as manager of Messrs. Hime and Company’s Iron Works at Rio de Janeiro, and so continued for a few years, during which time he was appointed representative in Rio de Janeiro for the foreign bondholders of the Sapucahy Railway, an appointment which he held until his death.

In 1898 he became representative and general manager of the Espirito Santo and Caravellas Railway Company, but in a few years, declining to take a holiday, his health began to fail, and in 1906 it broke down completely, and he was obliged to give up professional work and return home.

He died at Brighton on the 30th November, 1907, in his 69th year.

Mr. Lynch was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 6th May, 1873, and was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members.

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