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Herbert Wilfrid Skinner

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Herbert Wilfrid Skinner (1866-1896)


1897 Obituary [1]

HERBERT WILFRID SKINNER, born on the 5th April, 1866, entered the Harbours and Rivers Branch of the Public Works Department of New South Wales as a cadet in 1881.

For some years he was engaged on improvement and training works for Richmond and Cook Rivers, and on various works for the Imperial Naval Station at Garden Island, Sydney.

In 1890 he was appointed resident engineer, under Mr. Alfred Williams, on improvements to Sydney Harbour, undertaken on behalf of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, the Orient, the North German Lloyd, the Messageries-Maritimes, and other shipping companies using the port.

He was also engaged in a similar capacity in constructing jetties and floating stages for the New South Wales Marine Board, and on the maintenance of Macquarie and Hornby Lighthouses, and the South Head Signal Station. He carried out numerous marine surveys and was responsible for the testing of all cement used by the Harbours and Rivers Branch.

Mr. Skinner died suddenly on the 7th July, 1896.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 6th February, 1894.



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