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George Brown Murdoch

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George Brown Murdoch (1836-1906)

1907 Obituary [1]

GEORGE BROWW MURDOCH was born on the 3rd March, 1836, in Tasmania, where his father, an officer in the army, held a government appointment.

He received his education at Glasgow Academy and at the University, and was apprenticed in 1855 to Mr. Alexander Doull, surveyor and civil engineer, of Greenwich, under whom he carried out survey work in Russia.

In 1858 he went out to India and was employed for 7 years as contractor’s engineer on the construction of the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.

In 1871, after an interval at home, he went to Australia for Messrs. A. and R. Amos, contractors, for whom he carried out various railway lines in New South Wales and Queensland.

On his return from a second visit home in 1886 he engaged in consulting practice in Sydney. He retired from professional pursuits in 1892, when he left the colony and resided in Edinburgh until his death on the 11th May, 1906.

Mr. Murdoch was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 7th May, 1867.

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