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The memorial over the grave commemorates Daniel Cameron Dalgleish (1827 - 1870) who died in February 1870 from injuries sustained when the horse he was riding bolted near the Glebe Island Bridge. The memorial was erected by his friends in the iron trades. 

Daniel Dalgleish, who was born in Scotland, was apprenticed to an engineer in Edinburgh and then moved to London, where it was difficult to find work due to his membership of the Amalgamated Socirty of Engineers (ASE). In 1852 he moved to Sydney with others in a similar situation, and on the voyage they formed the first overseas branch of the ASE, which later became the Amalgamated Engineering Union. I

He was an engineer for the Steam Navigation Board and was the parliamentary member for West Sydney being elected in December 1860 but lost in 1864.  He was married and had eight children at the time of his death.

The headstone was erected in August 1870 at the Scottish Burial Ground in the Devonshire Street Cemetery.  This cemetery was where the Central Railway Station now stands and the graves were moved to other cemeteries.



Address:Quarry Road , Mth Row: Sec Ss Plot: 123, Field Of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, 2112
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.812035
Long: 151.124764
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Colonial


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 15th August, 1870
Front Inscription

 To The Memory Of 
  Daniel Cameron Dalgleish
Late Engineer-Surveyor
To The Colonial Government,

       Who Died
On The 18th February, 1870,
From The Effect Of Injuries
Received By A Fall From His Horse, 
     Aged 43 Years

      This Memorial
Has Been Erected By His Friends
Connected With The Iron Trades,
As A Recognition Of Services Rendered
To The Trades During His Long
And Useful Career In The Colony

Source: MA, ADB
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