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Arthur Fulton (engineer)

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Arthur Robert William Fulton (3 October 1853–26 July 1889) a New Zealand engineer was the eldest son of James Fulton and his wife Catherine. Like his brother James Arthur was a Public Works Department cadet (under Blair) and then an assistant engineer in Westport. He was then asked to join Harry Higginson's practice until in 1881 he went to New South Wales to survey the Goulburn-Cowra section of the Main Southern railway line. [1]

When Higginson was made chief engineer for construction of the Wellington-Manawatu Railway in 1882 he obtained the services of Arthur and James as Resident Engineers for the construction of the Wellington-Waikanae and Waikanae-Longburn sections respectively. [1]

When the line was completed in 1886 he was appointed traffic manager and locomotive superintendent, then to managing engineer. In 1885 he had introduced an improved method of signalling drivers and guards on the trains.[2] he was responsible for the introduction of American locomotives on the line (from 1888).[3]

In 1883 Arthur married Linda Marie Weber. In 1889 Arthur died of typhoid fever aged 35y in Wellington during an outbreak; [4][5] leaving a widow and three young sons. Wellington sewerage was then collected in open drains (see Katherine Mansfield House; this prompted Harold Beauchamp's move to Karori). He was buried in the Bolton Street Cemetery.[6][7][8][9][10]


  • Cassells, K R (Ken) (1994). Uncommon Carrier - The History of the Wellington & Manawatu Railway Company, 1882-1908. Wellington: New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society. ISBN 0908573634.
  • Hoy, Douglas (1972). West of the Tararuas: An Illustrated History of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Co. Dunedin: Southern Press.
  1. ^ a b Cassells 1994, pp. 25, 26.
  2. ^ Cassells 1994, p. 59.
  3. ^ Hoy 1972, p. 88.
  4. ^ "Fever in Wellington". New Zealand Mail in Papers Past. 4 March 1887.
  5. ^ "The Typhoid Fever Scare". Evening Post in Papers Past. 31 July 1889.
  6. ^ Cassells 1994, p. 61.
  7. ^ "Death". Evening Post in Papers Past. 26 July 1889.
  8. ^ "Obituary". The New Zealand Times. 27 July 1889.
  9. ^ "Death". The New Zealand Times. 31 July 1889.
  10. ^ "Obituary". The New Zealand Times. 27 July 1889.

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