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Frederick Collier Christy

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Frederick Collier Christy (1822-1909)

1822 September 9th. Born at Horsleydown, Surrey, the son of John Christy and his wife Sarah De Horne

Worked three years at G. and J. Rennie

Member of Surrey Cricket Club but played almost no first-class games

1845 of Frederick Collier Christy and Co

1847 of Christy and Bowman

1849 of Christy, Adams and Hill

1850 of Gordon, Hill and Christy

1851 Living at Aperfield Farm, Cudham, Kent: John Christy (age 69 born London) Lord of manor of Aperfield Farms of 530 acres - 36 labourers - Bailiff. With his wife Sarah Christy (age 56 born Newimngton) and their two sons; Adam Scherne Christy (age 22 born Bedford), Gentleman; and Fredrick Collier Christy (age 29 born Newington), Gentleman. Also other family members. Six servants.[1]

1858-70 CME of Victorian Railways

1861 April 18th. Married at Williamstown to Caroline Smith Wells

1861 Birth of daughter Edith de Horne Christy (died unmarried)

1869 Patent. '1279. And to William Robert Lake, of the "International Patent Office," No. 8, Southampton-buildings, Chancery-lane, in the county of Middlesex, Consulting Engineer, for the invention of "improvements in the construction of axle-boxes for railway carriages and other vehicles." — A communication to him from abroad by Frederick Collier Christy, of Melbourne, in the Colony of Victoria, Australia, Engineer.'[2]

1871 April. Joined as Locomotive Superintendent (just 20 locomotives) of the Japanese Government Railway

1876 September. Left Japan and returned to Australia

1909 January 17th. Died in Australia. Of 'St. Cyr', Williams Street, South Yarra. Age 86 and husband of Caroline Smith Christy.

A descendant wrote - 'From the Christy hats family of London. He played First Grade cricket for the Surrey X1 and was a member of the Victorian Science Institute, Engineers Association, Field Naturalists Club, Horticultural Society and the Royal Society and was an avid contributor to various newspapers in Victoria'

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