Richard W. Cautley, son of Reverend R.H. Cautley and Annie (Munro) Cautley, was born at Ipswick England in 1873. He came to Canada at the age of 17 and became attached to a firm of surveyors in British Columbia. Later, he went north into the Klondike at the time of the gold rush and was engaged in the recording and inspection of mineral claim surveys. Upon termination of the gold rush, his footsteps led to Edmonton where he formed the land surveying firm of Cautley and Cote. Later, he went into partnership with his brother Reginald Hutton Cautley.
Between 1913 and 1924, Mr. Cautley was engaged as one of the commissioners upon the survey of the Alberta-British Columbia boundary after which he came to Ottawa with the former Department of the Interior and was responsible for the survey of many of the national park sites in the maritime provinces.
Mr. Cautley was a charter member of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association. He was the Association's first registrar and secretary-treasurer and was president in 1914.
Mr. Cautley was awarded honorary life membership in the Association in 1946.
He died in Victoria British Columbia on September 13, 1953.
Canadian Surveyor, October 1953