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George Adam Hart

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George Adam Hart (1870-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE ADAM HART, who was born at Bury, Lancs, in 1870, spent almost the whole of his career in municipal engineering, and for many years was closely concerned with drainage schemes and sewerage works. He received his general education at Bury Grammar School and studied at the Manchester Municipal College of Technology and Owens College. After serving a two years' apprenticeship in the Atlas Ironworks, Bury, he became a pupil under Mr. W. Hutch, at that time chief engineer of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.

On the completion of his pupilage in 1891 he was, for the next three years, civil engineering assistant to the chief engineer at Manchester. He then gained further experience in Ireland, where he was engaged on sinking a colliery shaft and designing and erecting a machine house for the North of Ireland Paper Mill Company, Ltd. He began his career as a municipal engineer in 1898 with the post of engineering assistant to the borough engineer of Salford, to whom he was responsible for the design and construction of sewage works. Two years later he was appointed chief assistant engineer to the Birmingham, Tame and Rea Drainage Board and in 1905 he secured an appointment as sewerage engineer to the city council at Leeds. During his tenure of this office, which lasted for twenty-one years, he was responsible for the design and execution of the city's sewerage purification scheme. On relinquishing this post he went to New Zealand to become city engineer of Wellington, an appointment he held until his retirement in 1936. Mr. Hart, whose death occurred on 22nd February 1948, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1915. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers."

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