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James Meredith Austin

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James Meredith Austin (1865-1916)


1917 Obituary [1]

JAMES MEREDITH AUSTIN was born in 1865.

He served an apprenticeship of five years, from 1882 to 1887, with the firm of Messrs. Harland and Wolff, Belfast, and on its termination he obtained an appointment in the Indian Marine Dockyard, Bombay.

Three years later he returned to England and became a draughtsman in the works of Messrs. Willans and Robinson, of Thames Ditton, subsequently being engaged as assistant engineer to Mr. Hermann Kuhne, of London.

In 1894 he went to Messrs. Allen, Son and Co., Bedford, and left them two years later when he took up an appointment at the works of Messrs. R. E. Crompton and Co., Chelmsford.

In 1898 he was engaged by Messrs. Siemens Brothers with whom be stayed some years, and in 1907 he went to Egypt as engineer on the staff of the British Engineering Co., of Alexandria, subsequently becoming general manager of the Company in Cairo.

This post he held for some years until his death, which took place suddenly at Alexandria on 23rd July 1916, at the age of fifty-one.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1892.


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