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King's College early engineering lectures


See Education of Frederick Dibblee

Frederick Lewis Dibblee was born in 1837, at Queen's Street, Frederickton, New Brunswick, Canada. He seems to have attended some early engineering lectures at King's College, later University of New Brunswick. The following was taken from Engineering Education in Canada: the Beginning, written by Raymond D. Findlay.

From chapter 5:

...The advertisement for the first regular course of Civil Engineering to be given in a University in British North America was duly inserted in the Royal Gazette in a release from the college dated Dec. 1, 1853:

"A course of instruction in Civil Engineering will be given at King's College by Mr. McMahon Cregan, who has been appointed to that duty by His Excellency the Visitor, and will commence on the 15th of February next, and continue until the end of April. It will be open to students of the College on payment of a fee of Ten Shillings, and to all others on payment of a fee of Two Pounds, for the course. Persons desirous of joining the class are requested to communicate with the Registrar. The course will embrace, with other subjects, the following syllabus: An explanation of the construction and uses of Logarithms, Sines, Tangents etc.; Trigonometrical Formulae; Resolutions of Plane Triangles; methods of surveying with the Theodolite, Circumferentor, etc; Construction, use and adjustment of the instruments used by Engineers, both for field and office work; Levelling; method of determining best route for Railway, etc.; computation of the quantities of land, earthwork, etc., required for the execution of the works; estimation of comparative labour by units of work; Horsepower of Machinery, etc.; method of "setting out" railway curves and side widths; calculation of gradients and theory of inclined planes; superelevation of rail; composition and resolution of forces; calculation of strains and pressures; strength of materials; theory and practice of timber and iron framing; viaducts, bridges, etc. Three lectures a week will be given in the College, and instruction in the field will also be given once a week, or as often as may be expedient. Fredericton, December 1, 1853 Charles Fisher, Registrar"

...The course was announced to begin on the 15 February. It was hailed in the Saint John Courier of Dec. 10, 1853: "Mr. T. McMahon Cregan, now engaged on the survey of the European and North American Railroad, the gentleman who has been engaged to give instruction in that department is, we understand, well qualified for the task; and under his guidance, the young men of the country may be thoroughly trained for those occupations which the progress of railways will open up".

...In the session during which Cregan lectured in Civil Engineering, [he] had a class of twenty-six students...

Students attending Lectures on Civil Engineering exclusively:

Adolphus G. Beckwith C.E., Fredericton
C. Elligood
Samuel Fleming
Charles Gregory
Arthur Hansard
William J. Hazen C.E., Saint John
William Otty
Henry F. Perley C.E., Dept. Public Works, Saint John
Alfred Whitehead C.E., Fredericton
C.P. Wolhaupter

Resident Students of whom there is evidence of attendance in Cregan's course:

Hurd Peters C.E., City Engineer, Saint John
Benjamin Robert Stevenson Attorney, Q.C., Surveyor-General
George Sydney Smith Attorney
John Stevenson

Non-resident Students for whom there is evidence of attendance:

Henry George Clopper Ketchum C.E.
Frederick Weyer Parker
Frederick L. Diblee (see corresp. with John S. Parks, U.A.)
George F. Gregory Attorney
Frederick Eustace Barker Saint John Bridge & Railway Ext. Co., Q.C., Chief Justice, KCMG, etc.
Alexander Wood
W.L. Murray

...The Civil Engineering course lasted over two terms.