WRIGHT, Richard ErnestBorn: fl. 1874
Was born in Britain; he appears to have come to the Cape in about 1874 when he was appointed assistant engineer to the Railway Department and district engineer in January 1875. He was transferred to the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in the Cape Colony, in October 1876 in the post of District Engineer, Port Elizabeth and apparently had his own practice as well. He won several competitions in Uitenhage such as the Public Baths (n.d.) and the Town Hall (1881). Wright was appointed District Engineer in Kimberley in December 1883 and was promoted to consulting engineer in charge of Public Works in British Bechuanaland and Griqualand West. He was transferred back to Port Elizabeth in 1893 where he was responsible for designing the Cottage Hospital, Uitenhage, and the elaborate Public Buildings, executed for the PWD (1896-8). He was still working for the PWD in 1910.
(Heroldt 1988; Uitenhage P&P 1904)
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