Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

ST. GEORGE, Percival Walter , b. 22 Oct. 1849, Forres, Scotland; d. 12 Nov. 1923, Montreal. Educated at Edinburgh University, he came to Canada in 1866 to work on the Nova Scotia Railway, and, in 1868, began survey work on the Intercolonial Railway, becoming assistant engineer in 1870. He participated in the survey of the North Colonial Railway in Ottawa until 1875, and, later that year, was employed as Montreal's deputy city surveyor to 1883, when he left to work on the Norfork and Western Railway in Virginia as division engineer. From 1883 to 1900, he was Montreal's city surveyor, thereafter practising as a consulting engineer. He devoted himself to flood protection, drainage and city paving, initiating and directing Montreal's flood protection project, which relieved the city from annual flooding. A member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Great Britain, he was a charter member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (1887), served on its council for several years, was elected vice president in 1894, and then again from 1898 to 1900. He was a member of the St. James Club, the first president of the Engineers' Club (Montreal) and a warden of the Anglican church, St. John the Evangelist, Montreal.

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