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Death of the Hon. James

Thorneloe Smith.  

The death is announced of the   Honorable James Thornloe Smith,  

M.L.C,. in his 77th year. He had     been in feeble health for some time and his death was not un- expected. Deceased, who was the

father of Mrs Fearnley; the   wife of our esteemed townsman, Mr   J. G. Fearnley, expired on the 14th   inst. We take the following bio-

graphical notice from Pugh's Men of   the Times :—            

SMITH, Hon. James Thorneloe,     M.L.C., M.I.C.E., was born on August  

20, 1825, in the city of Chester,  

educated at Woodhouse Grove School,   near Leeds, and trained for his pro-         fession at the railway works in Hull.   He arrived in Victoria in 1852. 1 In 1855 he entered the Civil Service of that Colony on the initiation of the Railway Department; as a surveyor and engineer. He had charge of im- portant works on the Mount Alexander  

line, between Elphinstone and         Bendigo. On a reduction of the staff

being made on hs completion, Mr  

Smith came to Queensland in

November, 1862. For twelve months

he was employed in exploring the country then called the "Far West." Mr Smith entered the Civil Service of Queensland in 1863. on the initiation of the Railway Department, especially for conducting the survey of the upper portion of the Main Range, above Murphy's Creek. In 1865 he was appointed Resident Engineer for con- structing a portion of the Western line to Gatton, including the Victoria Tunnel, a work of great importance at the time, after which in 1867, he

undertook -the consruction of the line from Toowoomba to.Warwick. In 1874 he was appointed Chief Engineer     of the Southern and Western Railwav, which position he held during 18 months, and was then transferred to

the office* of Chief Engineer of Railway surveys throughout the colony, in which capacity he visited, all the northern ports as far as Cooktown, making initial barometrical surveys into the interior with the view of çollecting information for the Government relative to the possibilities of  

railway construction from the several ports. When Mr Stanley visited   England on twelve months leave of absence Mr Smith was appointed Acting Chief Engineer and on

Stanley's return the office of Deputy Chief Engineer of the Southern and Western Railways was conferred upon   him; this appointment he held until July, 1884, when the Griffith Ministry   abolished the office. In 1880 he was elected a full member of the Institute of Civil Engineers, London. In 1893 appointed by the Govemor-in-Council a member of the Victoria Bridge Board, and 1897 gazetted an Arbitrator in the railway case between the Government and Baxter and Saddler.

On the 21st August, 1883, Mr Smith was called to the Upper House. Mr Smith continued to retain the confi-   dence of the Government of the day, and after several Executive appoint- ments to arbitrate for them, he was gazzetted professional arbitrator in the   celebrated cause of Robb v The Commissioner for Railways, in which the Department was sued for the sum of 167,ooo pounds claimed by Mr Robb to bc due on the Cairns-Railway Contract, and the result of which was an award of 14,000 pound in Mr Robb's favor after an exciting hearing.    

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