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Osborne Cadwallader Edwards

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Osborne Cadwallader Edwards (1822-1876)

1877 Obituary [1]

MR. OSBORNE CADWALLADER EDWARDS, son of Anthony Edmards, of Hop Island, Cork, one of the original proprietors of the "Cork Constitution" newspaper, was born in the year 1822.

He was trained to the engineering profession by the late Mr. Richard Beamish, M.Inst.C.E., under whom he was engaged as Assistant-Engineer from 1845 to 1850, chiefly upon the Gloucester and Dean Forest and South Wales railway, and on the resignation of Mr. Beamish was engaged directly under the late Mr. I. K. Brunel, V.P. Inst. C.E., as Resident Engineer for that line.

In 1852 he was selected by Mr. Brunel to take charge of the Oxford and Birmingham railway, and in 1854 was transferred to the Cork and Youghal railway, of which he became Engineer-in-Chief in 1859, on the death of Mr. Brunel, and was retained as Consulting Engineer on its completion.

For some time, too, he was occupied upon the Fermoy and Lismore railway, for the Duke of Devonshire; and for several years was Engineer to Beamish and Crawford's brewery.

Mr. Edwards was a warm supporter of the Irish Church, and, after its disestablishment, never charged any fees for professional work in connection with it. He was an ardent and zealous. Freemason, and at the time of his death was the Provincial Grand Secretary of the Masonic province of Munster.

Mr. Edwards was elected a Member of the Institution on the 4th of April, 1865, and died on the 5th of June, 1876, greatly respected and esteemed.

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