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William Ridley (1841-1916)
1917 Obituary 
WILLIAM RIDLEY, born 6th November, 1541, at Bedlington, Northumberland, died 25th December, 1916.
In 1861 he was engaged on the Mauritius Government Railway, and on the completion of this work was Executive Engineer on the Madras Irrigation and Canal Works.
After various railway experience in England and South America he was appointed Chief Engineer to the Rio Tinto Railway.
Thereafter he occupied the positions of Chief Railway Engineer for the Colony of Natal, Chief Engineer for the contractors of the Brazil Great Southern Railway, Chief Engineer for Messrs. Punchard, McTaggart and Lowther’s contracts in Brazil and South America, and Consulting Engineer to the Natal Government.
Mr. Ridley was elected an Associate Member 4th December, 1866, and transferred to the class of Members 17th November, 1874.