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Edmund George Austin

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Edmund George Austin (1873-1912)

1912 Obituary [1]

EDMUND GEORGE AUSTIN was born near Seringapatam, Mysore, India, on 5th October 1873.

He was educated at a private school in Clifton, Bristol, and at Dover College from 1889 to 1892, when he went to the University College, Bristol, for a year.

In 1893 he commenced an apprenticeship at the locomotive works of Messrs. Peckett and Sons, Bristol, and in the following year was engaged at the Bristol Docks until 1896, when he went to the Taff Vale Railway Locomotive Works at Cardiff.

On leaving these works in May 1897, he went to sea as Third Engineer for one year, and then joined the P. and 0. Steamship Co. in March 1898. Two years later he obtained his certificate as Second Engineer, and in March 1901 he was appointed assistant locomotive superintendent of the Bengal-Nagpur Railway at Khargpur.

After a year he was transferred to Calcutta to take charge of the railway workshops and to be superintendent engineer of the fleet of ferry steamers and launches.

Subsequently he became district locomotive superintendent of the same railway, until ill-health caused him to take sick leave in November 1904. He returned to India in the following spring as assistant locomotive superintendent at Khurda Road. Latterly he was acting district locomotive superintendent, but was obliged to return to England in June 1911 on sick leave.

His death took place at Bournemouth on 18th February 1912, at the age of thirty-eight.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1905.

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