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James Vicars

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James Vicars (1865-1944)


1944 Obituary [1]

JAMES VICARS was born at Rockhampton, Queensland, on the 17th February, 1865, and died at Sydney on the 6th July, 1944.

He was educated at Sydney Grammar School and Sydney University, where he graduated as Bachelor of Engineering in 1888 and Master of Engineering, with gold medal, in 1891.

After acting for a short period as assistant to the late Professor W. H. Warren, M. Inst. C.E., in connexion with an inquiry into certain railway works, he entered the Public Works Department of New South Wales in September 1888, where he was engaged for nearly 7 years in the Roads, Bridges, and Sewerage Branch upon the design of bridges, ferries, retaining walls, etc.

In 1895 he was appointed City Engineer and Surveyor of Adelaide, a position which he filed for 153 years.

In 1909 he visited Europe at the request of the City Corporation, and with a commission from the South Australian Government, to investigate progress in municipal engineering work, including road pavements.

In 1910 he resigned his position in Adelaide and established himself a s a Consulting Engineer and-Architect in Sydney, where he was engaged on various activities throughout New South Wales up to the date of his death....[more]


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