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Christian Wilhelm Bergh

Christian Wilhelm BerghAge: 58 years18141873

Christian Wilhelm Bergh
Given names
Christian Wilhelm
Birth 9 September 1814 33 21
Birth of a sisterOlea Mathea Christiane Bergh
11 November 1816 (Age 2 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherHaagen Christen Bergh
21 November 1825 (Age 11 years)
Birth of a brotherAnton Mathias Bergh
1828 (Age 13 years)

Death of a paternal grandmotherOlea Matthea Lorentzdatter Koch
12 December 1829 (Age 15 years)
Death of a fatherMathias Munch Bergh
1832 (Age 17 years)

MarriageCaroline Marie Lundt f. GraahView this family
3 April 1845 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a daughter
Emilie Antonette ‘Mimmi’ Bergh
17 August 1846 (Age 31 years)

Birth of a daughter
Hilda Elizabeth Bergh
2 August 1848 (Age 33 years)

Birth of a son
Robert Stephenson Schnitler Bergh
17 December 1851 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a daughter
Rebecca Bergh
19 August 1854 (Age 39 years)

Death of a sisterOlea Mathea Christiane Bergh
22 January 1857 (Age 42 years)
Death of a motherAntonette Elizabeth ‘Betzy’ Schnitler
2 November 1861 (Age 47 years)

Marriage of a childEdmund NeupertHilda Elizabeth BerghView this family
21 May 1870 (Age 55 years)
Death 14 July 1873 (Age 58 years)
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Marriage: 3 April 1845Garnison Menighet, Oslo, Akershus, Norway
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Norwegian officer, major in engineering brigade. 1852 was appointed as Internal Ministry veiassistent, and in 1864 incorporated in the newly established veidirektørembetet, as he had to his death. He introduced a technical and systematic treatment of veiprosjektene in-depth study of traffic conditions, route, veibredde, finishing, processing options, etc.; the baselines, he drew up, also later in the material have been followed in the state veivesen. In the beginning of 1860-years he was chairman of railroad surveys.

In 1875, it was erected an obelisk in memory of Bergh 5 km north of Lillehammer.

Christian Vilhelm Bergh was Norway's first veidirektør and had great significance for the development of the road on the 1800-century. Bergh grew up in a civil environment, and received officer training. He became lieutenant in 1833 and captain in the artillery brigade 1837. Two years later he was transferred to an engineer brigade, and this gave him the opportunity to work with the road. He advanced to the major 1862. From 1839 worked Bergh most of road building, and in that context, he constructed a number of major bridges, including over Glomma ved Sarpsborg, over Drammenselva ved Åmot og over Sira ved Bakke. 1852 Bergh was appointed to the Internal Ministry's assistant in the way aker, and 1864, he received ministry as Norway's first veidirektør. In this capacity he showed himself as a skilled administrator, and he had great work. He undertook several study trips abroad and was familiar with the new principles for road building, which he then applied for Norwegian conditions. In particular he was concerned by developments in France, where Napoleon 3s authoritarian regime built an excellent road network after chaussée principle, making the roads bonded to get into the terrain. A problem for Bergh was that he had to leave much of veivedlikeholdet to local authorities, which had very different priorities for what was needed to do.

Bergh interested in both planning and practical execution of roads, maintenance and transport economic studies. Very important was it that he introduced the roads that were added in flat terrain, as opposed to the previously used the French system, where the roads came the most straight line, even if this meant that they were very bakkete in the Norwegian landscape. Before a veiprosjekt was started, he ensured that it was carried out thorough investigations in the field, and he had made real drawings, which were avrisset on veivesenets graph paper, a method that was used in a long time.

Bergh realized that a modern veivesen needed good employees and therefore plans for systematic training of veivesenets staff, both officials and workers. He also wanted to ensure the engineers position in veivesenet through to transfer power from the lawyers, who dominated the ministry, to professionals technocrats, and he was an important spokesman for technocrats's entry in the ministry offices. Much was achieved when Veidirektoratet was created 1864. This institution was staffed with engineers.

Bergh gained for each health problems, but he worked well with the office manager Hans H. Krag, who later became veidirektør. The collaboration was so close that it is difficult to distinguish what is due Bergh and what was Krags profits. Bergh was appointed knight of St. Olavs Orden 1862 and of Svärd order the following year.

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