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HAMMERSLEY-HEENEN, Robert Henry

Born: 1852
Died: 1936

Engineer


Born in King's County, Offaly, Ireland; died in Hollywood, California, USA. Emigrated to the Cape Colony and joined the Department of Public Works, employed on the Fish and Koonap River Bridges to replace those washed away in the floods of 1874. In 1875 transferred to the Cape Railways Department, assisting on the East London to Queenstown line. During the Ninth Frontier War (1877-1878) he controlled all the outposts. In 1881 he was given sole charge of Buffalo (East London) Harbour. In 1889 he transferred to Cape Midlands railways, based in Port Elizabeth, and here became consulting engineer to the Port Elizabeth Harbour (1889). the harbout board build him a fine commodious residence in Humewood, (1894-1895) 'TS Laherne', now a heritage resource. In 1900 he was appointed engineer to the Table Bay Harbour Board and in 1901 General Manager and Engineer-in-Chief of Table Bay. He was a founder member of the South African Institution of Civil engineers (1903). The Harbour Board was disbanded in the depression of 1908 and he returned to the UK. He had married Edith Fuller in 1878.

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing HAMMERSLEY-HEENEN

HSRC. 1987. Dictionary of South African Biography Volume V. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pp 321-322