|James Melville Balfour
James Melville Balfour 266
- Born: 1831, Midlothian, Scotland
- Died: 1869 aged 38
An Engineer. Appointed as chief marine engineer to the colony of New
Zealand. In a report to the Government he summed up in these words:
'I know too well how these things go; nothing will be done to meet the
dangers that Mr. Paterson in his department and I in mine have pointed
out to you till some accident occurs and public alarm is roused by the
loss of valuable lives'. A few weeks later both Mr. Paterson and
James Melville Balfour drowned in different circumstances - both
perished in exact fulfillment of his own prediction. At the time of
his death he appeared to his brother George in Scotland. So clear an
impression did George receive of Jame's visible presence that he wrote
at once to New Zealand to ask if all was well. His letter crossed
that which announced the fact of Jame's death.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He appeared on the census in 1841 in Colinton Manse, Colinton, Midlothian.
James married Christina Simson.