Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

WALBANK, William McLea , b. 1856 St. John's, NF; d. 28 Nov. 1909, Montreal. Educated at Queen's University, Ireland, he later was graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science from McGill University in 1877. He practiced as a land surveyor and architect, designing and building sewer works and factories in the Montreal area. In 1884, he subdivided the Caughnawaga reserve near Montreal. Best known for the design and construction of the Lachine Land and Hydraulic Power Works on the Lachine Rapids just west of Montreal in 1903, he became vice president and chief engineer of the Montreal Light, Heat and Power Company. A charter member of Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (Engineering Institute of Canada,1918), he served on its council (1898, 1903 and 1904), was elected vice-president in 1906, and became president in 1907. He was a member of the Architects' Association for the District of Montreal, and a Justice of the Peace. He married Isabel M. Richards, and they had three sons.

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