Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard



WEBSTER, George Herbert, b. 31 Jan. 1858, Creemore, Canada West; d. 27 Dec. 1914, Vancouver. Educated in Creemore, he later articled with the Northern Railway’s student engineering department (1873–1878).  From 1878[9] to 1882, he was an assistant engineer with the Northern and Hamilton & Northwestern Railways,  before moving to Winnipeg in 1882 to enter private practice with C. W. Moberly.  He was appointed assistant engineer of the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway, Portage la Prairie (1883), and, in 1885, became chief engineer, later chief engineer and land  commissioner (1898).  In Sept. 1901, he was appointed resident engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Winnipeg, following its acquisition of the Manitoba and Northwestern Railways. Transferred to Montreal (1902), he later organized the right of way and lease department.  In 1904, he was a division engineer in Vancouver, and, on 1 Jan. 1905, resigned to become president and engineer of the British Columbia General Contract Company, Vancouver.  In 1910, he started a private engineering and contracting practice. He was a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (renamed Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), and served as a councillor in 1906. He was also a charter member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, and he belonged to the Vancouver Club, and the Union Club, Victoria. A Conservative and Anglican, in 1883 he married Martha Barwick of Holland Landing, Ont.


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