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Richard Barnsley Sanders

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Richard Barnsley Sanders (1845-1900)

1900 Obituary [1]

RICHARD BARNSLEY SANDERS, born on the 6th October, 1845, was educated at Queen’s College, Belfast, and obtained in 1866 the diploma in Civil Engineering, with honours, of Queen’s University, Ireland, the degree of Bachelor of Engineering being conferred voluntarily upon him by the Royal University of Ireland in 1878.

He served a pupilage to the late Mr. James Thomson, afterwards Professor of Civil Engineering at Glasgow University; and was then engaged, first as an Assistant, and subsequently as Contractor’s Engineer, on the construction of the Downpatrick, Dundrum and Newcastle Railway, in 1868-69.

After acting as an Assistant on the construction of the Belfast Central Railway from 1870 to 1872, and being employed in 1873 on plans for Belfast Waterworks, he obtained in 1874, by competitive examination, the appointment of County Surveyor of King’s County. That post he held until his death, which took place at Parsonstown on the 13th February, 1900.

Mr. Sanders was also engaged in private practice, and designed and carried out engineering works of varied character. He was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland, of the Incorporated Association of Municipal and County Engineers, and of the Royal Dublin Society. To this Institution, of which he was elected a Member on the 2nd February, 1897, he contributed a Paper entitled "The Management, Maintenance and Cost, of Public County Roads in Ireland under the Irish Grand Jury System."

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