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PAULING, Harold William

Born: 1864 09 13
Died: 1904 05 03

Railway Engineer


AMICE (1980 03 04)

Born the son of Henry John Pauling. He was educated at the Diocesan College at Cape Town. After serving a pupilage under his father, HJ Pauling, he obtained employment in the drawing-office of the CAPE GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS and later, on railway contract work under his cousin, George PAULING.

In 1886 he re-entered the Government service as Assistant Engineer on survey and construction work, and in 1889 he was promoted to the grade of District Engineer and placed in charge of the extension to the north of Kimberley.

Three years later, he resigned this position to become agent for, and afterwards a partner in the firm of Pauling and Co, contractors, of Westminster. Thereafter, he represented the firm on all their railway contracts in South Africa, among which may be mentioned the Caledon line, the Ashton to Riversdale extension, the Vryburg- Mafeking and the Mafeking-Bulawayo lines, the last-named contract, 800 km in length, being constructed in the short time of two years.

In addition to the above, Pauling also built several lines in the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and had just completed the extension to Victoria Falls when his career was brought to a premature close by his death.

[Sourced from Grace's Guide]

Books citing PAULING

Walker, Michael. 2016. Families and farms of the southern peninsula and Cape Point; The : The history of a bygone era. Kalk Bay: Kalk Bay Historical Association. pp 27