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Harry Laurie Stannard

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Harry Laurie Stannard (1859-1894)


1895 Obituary [1]

HARRY LAURIE STANNARD, second son of the late Robert Stannard, was born at Weymouth on the 16th of August, 1859.

He was educated at Fullands College, Taunton; but delicacy of constitution led to his being kept much at home during his early years. As a result, his time from 1870 to 1877 was mainly spent on the railway works then being carried out under the supervision of his father, viz., the Devon and Somerset Railway, the Wye Valley Railway, and the Kettering and Manton Railway. These surroundings and his inherited taste for engineering, aided by the constant association with his father (who was an engineer of great experience in railway construction) gave him, at an unusually early age, an extended practical knowledge of constructive engineering and of the management of men.

In 1877 young Stannard became Assistant Engineer on the works of the Acton and Ealing Railway, and a year later filled the same position on the West Brompton and Putney Bridge Extension of the District Railway.

In 1879, his health having given way, he sailed for Australia, where he was occupied for a considerable time in irrigation and estate development.

Returning in 1881, he was engaged to represent the contractors for the construction of the Natal and Nova Cruz Railway, North Brazil, where he remained until the completion of the line in 1884. He was one of the engineers sent out, in 1885, by Lucas and Aird in charge of the abortive Suakim and Berber Railway.

In the following year he again went to Brazil and carried out an extension of the Natal and Nova Cruz Railway ; after which he was for some time engaged on the Ceara Harbour Works, being invalided home, however, before their completion. On his recovery, he was commissioned to survey a line of railway through the territory of the Sultan of Johore.

After returning from Singapore, Mr. Stannard settled in Westminster as a consulting engineer and became interested in various mining projects....[more]


1895 Obituary [2]



1895 Obituary [3]



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