James Knight Rebbeck

James Knight Rebbeck

Birth
Wiltshire, England
Death 1 Sep 1910 (aged 61)
Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Burial Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Plot Blk T Plot 48 W 45
Memorial ID 113519295 · View Source
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Died Sep 1, 1910 at Victoria, British Columbia, James Knight Rebbeck, native of Wiltshire, England. Deceased had a wide reputation as a mechanical engineer and naval architect, and besides he was the surveyor to the British Corp Registry, he was educated at Warminster college, he decided to cast his lot in India and as a young man took up his residence there. There he went into the engineering firm of Jessop and Co of Calcutta, staying with them until he had served his full time and taken out his papers.
In 1870 he received the appointment to the noteworthy position of Chief engineer to the Rajah of Tirmoor, taking over the Nahun works near Umballa. Seven years later, Mr Rebbeck was made the superintendent of the municipal workshops at Entally, remaining in that position until 1881, when the Hongkong & Wampaa Doeb Co made him their superintending engineer and head draughtsman.
It was in 1888, while acting for the firm of Fenwick & Co, the Engineers at Hongkong, that Mr Rebbeck was prominently identified with the construction of the now famous line of Railroad known as the Peak Tramway, it was he who designed and put into practical use the brakes on this line which now mean so much in the way of safety to the traveling public.
In 1888 he accepted the offer to construct and put into operation a plant for the manufacture of Portland cement on Green I, Macao. This was the 1st venture of its kind to be attempted on the China coast.
But such a strenuous life under such trying climatic conditions was not to last for long and it was found necessary for him to leave India and the Orient to take up his residence in a more favorable climate. He returned to England, but in 1892 he decided to come to British Columbia, and for some years after his arrival he filled the position of Asst Mgr for the old British Columbia Iron Works of Vancouver. Later he resigned to accept a similar position with Albion Iron Works of Victoria, and 6 years ago when this firm became defunct, he established himself in Victoria as a general consulting engineer.
Since coming to this city he has taken a very important part in many public issues. He was an ardent Imperialist and became an energetic member of the British Columbia Board of Trade and VP of the local branch of the Navy League. An authority on the screw propeller, marine architecture and marine engineering in general, his advice on these matters was always in demand.
At the time of the visit of the British Association last year to the coast, he took great pains to show Sir William White and his associates the advantages which the Harbour of Esquimalt possesses as a naval base and as a suitable point for the construction of warships.
Mr Rebbeck was a member of the Natural history society and before this society he read many interesting papers, dealing chiefly with marine architecture. His manner was quiet and unassuming, but those who came within the realm of his friendship found him a valued friend. He was always held in the greatest respect by all his associates in the societies to which he belonged, and during the time of his enforced confinement his absence has been noticed with regret.
For the last several months he has been suffering, and was for some time a patient at one of the local hospitals. photo Sep 4, 11. Strictly private funeral. Pallbearers: J A Thompson, E Mahon, James Findlay, Vancouver, G Jenneret, George Phillips, W Finch Page, A Stewart, Thomas C Sorby, Henry Croft, F Prins, Dr Leon Holm, D Bullen. T 048 W 45 [Colonist, 1910-08-30*]

Source: Leona Taylor and Dorothy Mindenhall, "Index of Historical Victoria Newspapers," Victoria's Victoria, http://www.victoriasvictoria.ca/, 2007.


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  • Created by: Derece Powell
  • Added: 8 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 113519295
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Knight Rebbeck (21 Sep 1848–1 Sep 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 113519295, citing Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Derece Powell (contributor 47645399) .