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George Mitchell

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George Mitchell (1876-1927)

1927 Obituary [1]

GEORGE MITCHELL was a native of Aberdeen, where he was horn in 1876.

He was educated at Robert Gordon's College and served his apprenticeship with Mr. J. D. Watson, then County Engineer of Aberdeenshire.

From 1898 to 1903 he was assistant water engineer at Warrington, having charge of the design and construction of new waterworks.

He became contractor's engineer at the Tynemouth waterworks in 1903, and resident engineer and later contractor's agent at the Portadown and Banbridge waterworks in 1904.

In 1908 he became chief assistant engineer on construction at the Lincoln waterworks, and, in 1911, chief assistant to the City Water Engineer of Aberdeen, whom he succeeded eight years later. In the latter capacity he designed and carried to completion a new scheme of water supply which exceeded £1,000,000 in cost and involved several novel features.

During the War he superintended the construction of waterworks, a breakwater, and oil tanks at Scapa naval base.

Mr. Mitchell, who died on 13th July 1927, had therefore a remarkably wide knowledge of the design, construction, and administration of waterworks, which he enlarged by frequent visits to such works during his holidays.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1918, and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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