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Frederick Margarson Hynes

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Frederick Margarson Hynes (1842-1892)


1893 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK MARGARSON HYNES was born on the 23rd of February, 1842.

After serving a regular period of pupilage in the office of the late James John Berkley, Chief Engineer in India to the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, he remained in the service of that Company as an Assistant Engineer, which post he held for six years.

He was then promoted to Resident Engineer and placed in charge of a section of the line. During the two years he occupied that position the whole of the section was doubled, an undertaking which involved some important constructional works, as well as the maintenance of the existing line.

In July, 1873, Mr. Hynes retired from the service of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway Company and entered the Public Works Department of Victoria as an engineering and architectural draughtsman.

After being engaged in that capacity for nearly five years he was appointed in January, 1878, Engineer in charge of the harbour, coast and river works of the colony. This post involved the design and execution of numerous works of importance, including lighthouses, piers, breakwaters and bridges.

In August, 1890, at the recommendation of the Chief of the Department, the Office of Roads and Bridges was amalgamated with that of Harbours and Rivers and placed under the control of Mr. Hynes. He was not destined, however, to hold this important position long, for he died on the 1st of January, 1892, at the comparatively early age of fifty.

Mr. Hynes was greatly esteemed in the Department of Public Works, not only for his engineering ability but also for his integrity of purpose and kindly disposition.

He was elected a Member of the Institution on the 13th of January, 1891.


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