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Walsh Wrightson (Trinidad & Tobago)
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Seeking any further information on Walsh Wrightson
I can only locate one Englishman that would 'fit' Walsh Wrightson's profile. He was born in Skipton, Yorkshire Dec (qtr) 1852 his name was given as Walshe Wrightson (the 'e' in Walsh possibly a typo) If this was the same Wrightson this would make Mr. Wrightson 43 years of age at the time of his appointment, as Director of Public Works for Trinidad & Tobago.
Shirley Davy of Boston found a Ship's Manifest with Walsh Wrightson this 'fits' with the previous information which puts Walsh as born 1852, Skipton, Yorkshire
Name: Walsh Wrightson
Arrival Date: 25 Mar 1889
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, England
Place of Origin: Lpool,ENG
Ship Name: Etruria
Port of Arrival: New York
Microfilm Roll: 530
List Number: 330
Walsh(e) Wrightson [parents] of Skipton born Dec qtr 1852
Walsh Wrightson was an Englishman who held the post of director of public
works from 1895 to 1907.
was responsible for several important works, including the construction,
in 1900, of what later became known as Wrightson Road.
He constructed this road as an access road from the western end of London
Street to get to a distant point by the seaside on the Woodbrook Estate.
The purpose of his constructing this road to lead well out of town
and by the sea was to establish a pumping station to pump the town’s
sewerage into the sea.
remains of this building were demolished some time in 1977.
became the central figure in the water riots of 1903 mainly because he
drafted a waterworks bill seeking to install water meters in homes.
bill, which was hotly opposed, sparked off the unrest.
The episode had political implications because the agitation
against the waterworks bill was said to arise from bitterness caused by
the abolition, in 1899, of the borough council of Port-of-Spain.
of the imposing buildings erected in his period of office, and a building,
which forms part of what is known as “the Magnificent Seven,” is the
Queen’s Royal College Building, which lies on the western side of the
Queen’s Park Savannah.