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William Willcox

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William Willcox (1830-1889)

1890 Obituary [1]

. . . . He studied engineering under Stephen Ballard and Samuel Willcox (his brother), who carried out important contracts for the late Mr. Brassey.

From 1860 to 1863, Mr. William Willcox was engaged on the Melbourne and Castlemaine Railway, in Victoria, and was on his brother’s staff in constructing railways in New South Wales.

In 1863 he returned to England, and from that time until 1869 was in charge of works for Messrs. Brassey and Ballard, upon the Evesham and Ashchurch Railway and on the London and Bedford portion of the Midland Railway.

In 1870 and 1871, Mr. Willcox was District Engineer on the East Hungarian Railway for Taring Brothers; and from 1872 to 1874 he was engaged in the survey of the Parana and Matto Grosso Railway, in Brazil.

In 1874 Mr. Willcox went out to South Africa, and from that time to 1883 was engaged in carrying out surveys and railway works for the Government of Cape Colony.

In 1883 he constructed the section of the Kimberley Line from Orange River to Modder River ; on its completion, in consequence of the suspension of railway work in South Africa, Mr. Willcox turned his attention to gold-mining, . . . . [more]

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