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Octavius Cockayne

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Octavius Cockayne (c1826-1861)

1862 Obituary [1]

MR. OCTAVIUS COCKAYNE served a regular period of pupilage under Mr. Dodd, as a Surveyor; he then received an engagement as an Assistant Engineer under Mr. Birkinshaw (M. Inst. C.E.), on the Hull and Bridlington, and on the York and Market Weighton Railways, and on some of the branches of the North Midland Line, where he remained for nearly four years; he then occupied himself in getting up Parliamentary plans and surveys.

On the dearth of employment, consequent on the simultaneous completion of so many lines, he turned his attention to the traffic management and rating of railways and to commercial pursuits, which led him to Canada, where he died in the month of September 1S61, at the age of thirty-five, deeply regretted by all who knew the uprightness of his character, and the kindliness of his heart.

Mr. Cockayne joined the Institution as an Associate in the year 1855, but his pursuits precluded his taking any active part in the proceedings. Applications to the friends have failed in procuring materials for a fuller Memoir.

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