ARCHIBALD, RobertBorn: 1810
Died: 1867 12 24
Born on Prince Edward Island, Canada, Archibald trained as a civil engineer. In a court statement Archibald said he had worked under Mr Brunel and had mining experience in Scotland. He said he had been superintendent of the Port Elizabeth and Namaqualand Mining Company. In 1858 he was appointed by the Divisional Council valuator of immovable property in Port Elizabeth and produced a plan for Port Elizabeth in 1861. In 1862 he reported on the possibility of obtaining water for the town from the Van Staden's River, where the first dams were eventually built and from where the first proper pipeline to Port Elizabeth was laid. Archibald was responsible for the design of the new road westwards from Port Elizabeth, Russell Road, which was opened in 1863. As Town Engineer, Archibald had also designed and built several civic buildings, including the Grey Institute, erected at the suggestion of Sir George Grey. This Institute served as the Port Elizabeth Grammar School for over fifty years. His accidental death occurred in Port Elizabeth; his obituary recorded the fact that he had worked for the Port Elizabeth municipality for about a decade. (Greig 1971; Harradine 1985; Oberholster 1972; Picton-Seymour 1977)
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