Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. Richard Lavertine, the eldest son of John Lavertine, of Limerick, was born on 7 October 1853. He obtained the BE degree from Queen's University, Dublin, in 1876, having spent his university vacations working in the office of MAURICE HENNESSY  MAURICE HENNESSY of Limerick. In 1877 he became an assistant in the office of WILLIAM BARRINGTON WILLIAM BARRINGTON , acting as Resident Engineer on the construction of the Limerick and Kerry railway from November 1878 until the completion of the line in May 1880. In October 1880 he was appointed government surveyor for the district of Pretoria, Transvaal. The rest of his career was spent in South Africa, where he built up a large private practice as a surveyor and mining engineer. He suffered a severe attack of rheumatic fever in 1895 and died at sea on 12 August 1895 when returning to Ireland to visit his parents .  He was buried in Madeira.   He was survived by his wife and a child.

Inst.CE: elected associate member, 7 April 1891.


All information in this entry is from the notice of Lavertine's death in the Limerick Chronicle, 15 Aug 1895, and from the obituary in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 74 (1895-96), 431-2.