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Guillermo Andres Wilson

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Guillermo Andres Wilson (1852-1893)

1893 Obituary [1]

GUILLERMO ANDRES WILSON, son of the late Nr. Hugh Wilson, well known as a railway contractor in Brazil, was born on the 15th of August, 1852.

After being educated at the Engineering College, Chester, and at the High School, Carlisle, he obtained a thorough knowledge of the ordinary routine of business by spending some years with a mercantile firm in London.

In 1873, when twenty-one years of age, he was placed in charge of his father’s head office at Bahia in Brazil. One of the first works upon which he was engaged was the survey and construction of 28 miles of railway in the province of Bahia, involving a long viaduct, a tunnel, several bridges and heavy cuttings and embankments. The line was opened in 1876 and for three years he had sole charge of the traffic and maintenance.

From 1879 to 1881 he acted as agent in London for the design, purchase and shipment of materials for railways in Brazil.....[more]

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