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PERLEY, Henry Fullerton, Canadian engineer, born in St. John, New Brunswick, 5 March, 1831. His father was imperial commissioner "of fisheries under the reciprocity treaty of 1854. The son was educated privately and at the Collegiate grammar-school at Fredericton, New Brunswick He entered the public service of New Brunswick in 1848, and was employed for four years in surveys for a system of railways. In 1852 he was again engaged on surveys in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and during 1854-'6 he was employed on the construction of the Grand Trunk railway between Montreal and Brockville. He was resident engineer, in the service of the New Brunswick government, on the construction of the railway between St. John and Shediac, and remained till the completion of the road in 1860. He was government engineer of Nova Scotia from May, 1863, till August, 1865, when he resigned to accept a place in connection with the construction of the Metropolitan Extension underground railway, London, England. In 1870, on the termination of this engagement, he returned to New Brunswick and took charge of the works in connection with the improvement of the freight facilities of the government railways in that province, and the construction of the deep-water terminus and its extension at St. John. In May, 1872, he was appointed engineer in charge of harbors, etc., in the maritime provinces for the Dominion department of public works, and he held that post till the close of 1879, when he became chief engineer of the department of public works, which office he now (1888) retains.
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