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Arthur Watson Stonebridge

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Arthur Watson Stonebridge (1878-1949)

1949 Obituary [1]

"CIVIL engineers who have been connected with work in India will learn with regret of the death on Monday, November 21st, at his home, The Leys, Kerne Bridge, Ross-on-Wye, of Mr. Arthur Watson Stonebridge, at the age of seventy-one.

Mr. Watson Stonebridge carried out works on sanitary schemes and water supply undertakings in Hyderabad and Bombay, and practised as a consulting engineer in Bombay until the end of 1938. He was educated privately and continued his studies at Opie House School, Norwich. In 1896 he began his training as a civil engineer with Mr. Ernest John Elford, M.I.C.E. On completing his training in 1899, he remained as an assistant engineer with Mr. Elford until 1900. After a short period with the Norwich Electricity Works, he entered the service of the East Ham Rural District Council and under Mr. A. H. Campbell, M.I.C.E., was engaged on work in connection with refuse destructor and sewage schemes.

From 1902 to 1906 he was assistant engineer and, later, chief engineer, with Bergtheil and Young, Ltd., engineers and contractors, of London. He then went out to India and from 1908 to 1912 worked in Calcutta as assistant engineer with Marples, Leach and Co., as representative in India, and later as assistant engineer with Burn and Co., Ltd., of Calcutta.

In 1912 he became a partner in the firm of James Luke and Son, consulting engineers, to the Darjeeling Municipality and other authorities, a position he continued to hold until 1916. In that year he was appointed sanitary and water engineer to The Nizam of Hyderabad, in the Deccan, and in that position he designed and constructed new waterworks and prepared drainage schemes for the City of Hyderabad... Read More

1950 Obituary [2]

"ARTHUR WATSON STONEBRIDGE spent over twenty years of his professional career in India, where he was concerned with water and sanitary engineering. He was educated at private schools in Cambridge and Norwich, and obtained his practical training with the Portland Urban District Council during 1899 and 1900. After gaining experience on the staff of the Norwich Electric Works and as assistant engineer to the East Ham Urban District Council, he joined Messrs. Bergtheil and Young, London, electrical engineers, as a draughtsman and assistant engineer.

In 1916 he proceeded to India to take up an appointment as special engineer of waterworks and drainage to the Government in Hyderabad, in whose service he remained until 1921, when he became resident engineer and subsequently chief engineer to the Tansa Completion Works for the water supply of Bombay, one of the largest undertakings of its kind in the world. From 1927 until 1938 he had been in private practice as a consulting engineer in Bombay, and was consulting engineer to the Muslim University, Aligarh. Mr. Stonebridge had been a Member of the Institution for nearly fifty years, having been elected a graduate in 1900, and transferred to Associate Membership in 1904. In addition, he was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Societe d'Ingenieurs Civils de France, and founder member of the Structural Engineers. His death occurred at Ross-on-Wye, on 20th November 1949, in his seventy-first year."

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