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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. Charles Bargh

Mr. Charles Bargh, Locomotive and Workshops Foreman of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company, was born in Tatham, Lancashire, and apprenticed at the Phœnix Foundry, Foundry, Lancaster, completing his term in 1878. A year later he embarked on the ship “City of Dunedin,” for Port Chalmers, and after two years' colonial experience was appointed engineer at the Addington Railway Workshops. Subsequently he was transferred to the Hillside Workshops, near Dunedin, and was employed there till 1893. when he accepted the responsible position he now holds. Mr. Bargh was married in 1882 to a daughter of Mr. Edward Hack, of Christchurch, and has two daughters and two sons. He is an unattached member of the Masonic fraternity, S.C. In the Protestant Alliance—an Australian Friendly Society—Mr. Bargh has held several offices. Whilst in Dunedin he was much interested in ambulance matters, and took an active part in the formation of a class at Hillside Workshops, and was appointed lieutenant of the Ambulance Corps in Dunedin. He was also for some years a volunteer in the Dunedin Navals, and subsequently in the City Guards.