Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Samuel Gordon Fraser, who was born on 1 February 1845, was articled to GEORGE WILLOUGHBY HEMANS  GEORGE WILLOUGHBY HEMANS from 1865 to 1868 and then worked as engineer for the Ballywilliam & Macmine Railway, Co. Wexford. In 1870 he was appointed chief assistant to PARKE NEVILLE PARKE NEVILLE , Dublin city engineer, a position in which he remained for three years, engaged on the city's main drainage scheme. His subsequent engineering experience included much railway work. Railways with which he was involved included the Dungarvan to Waterford line, the North Kerry Railway, the deep-water extension of the the Waterford & Limerick Railway at Waterford, the Tralee to Fenit railway, with a deep-water harbour at Fenit, the Killorglin and Kenmare branches of the Great Southern & Western Railway, the Listowel & Ballybunnion Railway (on the Lartigue system), the Ballina to Killala line of the Midland Great Western Railway, the Cork & Muskerry Railway, the Timoleague & Ballinascarthy Railway, the Timoleague & Courtmacsherry Railway, and the Dublin & Blessington Railway. In the early 1890s he was engineer for electrical tramways in Dublin and Cork and was also engineer for the proposed extension of the Midland Great Western Railway into the north of Ireland. In 1905 he was engineer to the Cork & Waterford railways scheme.(1) At the end of his career, from 1907 or earlier until 1912 or later, Fraser was working in London. He had retired to his house in Co. Kerry by 1914.(2) His pupils and assistants incleded ALFRED DOVER DELAP ALFRED DOVER DELAP , PATRICK HARNETT MCCARTHY  PATRICK HARNETT MCCARTHY and BRIAN EDWARD FITZGERALD SHEEHY. BRIAN EDWARD FITZGERALD SHEEHY.

An S.G. Fraser, described as 'of Belfast', read some notes on 'Roadmaking Materials from the North of Ireland' at a conference on road-making materials and appliances in London in 1899.(3)

Inst.CE: elected member, 9 January 1894; erased from roll, 3 December 1915.

Addresses: Work: 14 Westmoreland Street, Dublin, <=1895->=1900; 110 Cannon Street, London, 1907; 1 Victoria Street, London, 1909-1912.
Home: 6 Elgin Road, Dublin, <=1894->=1896; Askive, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, <=1900->=1914.

See WORKS.



References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from the records of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, kindly supplied by Mrs Carol Morgan, Archivist, and from Thom's and Post Office Directories for 1896, 1900 and 1907.

(1) IB 47, 16 Dec 1905, 894.
(2) He still has a London address in Charter…and list of members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1912) but gives his Co. Kerry address in the 1914 edition.
(3) Building News 76, 12 May 1899, 632.


2 work entries listed in chronological order for FRASER, SAMUEL GORDON


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Building: CO. KERRY, FENIT, HARBOUR
Date: 1870s
Nature: Deep-water harbour (developed in conjunction with railway from Tralee to Fenit) in association with Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker.
Refs: Candidate's circular for membership of Inst.CE, London (information from Mrs Carol Morgan, Archivist)

Building: CO. WATERFORD, WATERFORD, WATERWORKS
Date: 1875ca
Nature: Carried out by SGF for Mssrs. Falkiner and Stanford. Engineers: Mssrs. Hawksley.
Refs: Candidate's circular for membership of Inst.CE, London (information from Mrs Carol Morgan, Archivist)