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James Walker (1853-1910)

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James Walker (1853-1910), James Walker, F.R.S.E., M Inst C E, chief engineer to the Tyne Improvement Commission

1853 Born in Surrey

1881 Engineer, lodging in Southwark[1]

1885 Became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of Harbour Works, Douglas, Isle of Man

1903 President of the Newcastle on Tyne Association of Student Engineers

1908 Chief engineer for the River Tyne Improvement Commission.

1910 Died

1910 Obituary [2]

JAMES WALKER, born near London in 1853, died suddenly after a short illness at Leeds on the 16th January 1910.

He was educated privately and at the University of Edinburgh, and served his pupilage under the late Mr. John McConnochie at the Bute Docks, Cardiff.

In 1880 he became Resident Engineer for the Brading Reclamation Works, Isle of Wight; in 1883 he was appointed Resident Engineer to the Harbour Commissioners of the Isle of Man, and in 1897 became Engineer to the Tyne Commissioners, remaining in their service until his death. During this period he carried out notable improvements in deepening the river channel, thereby facilitating the passage of warships and large ocean-liners.

He was elected a Member of The Institution on the 14th April, 1885.

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