Floreat Saligão

In the preface of his book the author C. Hubert de Sousa writes, “The object of these profiles is two-fold: To acquaint the present and future generations of our people with the profiles of the lives of people of Saligão who have brought renown and credit to themselves and to our little village in Goa, and to stimulate a desire in the minds and hearts of the present and future generations of our youth to emulate the lives of these great men and women of ours and surpass their achievements if possible, always bearing in mind with pride, that it is an honour to be sons or daughters of this physically small but potentially great village called Saligão among all the villages of Goa, nay even among the 6 lakhs of villages of Mother India.

He concludes, “If I have to some extent succeeded in these self imposed tasks, which have been for me a labour of love for our village and its people, I would consider my efforts and labour amply repaid.”

This book comprises of life-sketches of the eminent Saligonenses of the last century.

Chapters include:

    • Outstanding administrators
    • Remarkable Prelates
    • Distinguished Doctors
    • Illustrious Engineers
    • Professors Educationists
    • Successful Businessmen
    • Artists and Musicians
    • Distinguished Soldiers
    • Miscellaneous Personalities


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C. Hubert de Sousa

Mr. C. H. de Souza (1897-19  ) was born in Calcutta, where his father Ottoline D’Souza was hired as a pianist. He went to schools in Kurseong and then in Calcutta.

In 1916, deciding to take up Mechanical Engineering for his career and he joined the Shibpur College of Engineering. After graduating he was slelected as one for first four Indians to the rank of officer in the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Indian State Railways.

From 1929 to 1952 Mr. de Souza held various important technical and administrative posts in G.I.P. Railway. He was responsible for the design and construction of the first seven air-conditioned coaches in India known as Wagon-Lits.

With his extensive practical experience de Souza was admitted as a full member to Institutions of Engineers in England and America

In 1949 Mr. de Souza won the Stewart Dyer Award for the best paper presented before the Institution of Loco Engineering, London, It  encompassed, “The Design of an Indian Railway Passenger Coach”.

In 1950 he represented India at the International Railway Congress and took part in the discussion of the safe running of, then new, high speed trains.

Mr. de Souza transitioned become a Consulting Engineering and Industrial Adviser in Bombay and was responsible for establishing several small scale industries.

The finally retired to his family home in Goa in 1962, He spent his time in with both technical and non-technical writing.

His publication the Saligão Bulletin, was highly esteemed by Saligonenses in India and abroad. His going pet project was writing life-sketches of the eminent Saligonenses of the last century.

PDF Edition Notes

Authored by C. Hubert de Sousa in 1973.

First edition 1973, printed by F.D. Dantas at the Printwell Press,
Luis de Menezes Road, Panjim, Goa, India

E-Bbook edition, published by Goa,1556. in 2019

Special permission from the family of the late author for reproducing this book is gratefully acknowledged. 

This project developed to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Saligão Institute

This edition is dedicated to Fr Desmond (Demi) de Souza, CSsR, son of the author.




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