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Frederick Robert Jones

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Frederick Robert Jones (1851-1933)

Superintending Engineer, Sirmoor State, Nahan near Umballa, Punjaub, India: (or care of Messrs. Richard W. Jones and Co., Newport, Monmouthshire.)

1933 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK ROBERT JONES had spent practically the whole of his engineering career in India He was born at Trieste, Austria, in 1851, where he received his early education.

In 1871 he came to England and entered the works of Messrs. Napier and Son of Glasgow, remaining with them for two years.

In 1875 he went to India as superintending engineer of an iron foundry at Nahan, owned by the Rajah of Sirmoor.

Mr. Jones returned to Austria six years later and served under Robert Whitehead of torpedo fame. He was strongly pressed to return to Nahan and accordingly did so, remaining there until his retirement in 1907 after a total of 32 years' service. He successfully innovated great improvements at the foundry. Noticing that the native cultivators of sugar cane used wooden crushing mills which gave a very small output of sugar and frequently got out of order, he designed an iron mill, which was made in the Nahan foundry. He subsequently devoted much time to encouraging the local production of sugar.

Mr. Jones had been a Member of the Institution for over fifty-five years, having been elected in 1878.

His death occurred in London in January 1933.

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