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John Blackburn (1846-1916)
1916 Obituary 
JOHN BLACKBURN WAS born in 1846.
He received his engineering training at the works of Messrs. Tannett Walker and Co., Leeds, and subsequently remained in their employment as an engineer for nearly seven years.
In 1870 he was engaged by the Canterbury Water Works Co. as engineer under the late Mr. S. C. Homersham, and five years later he became resident engineer to the Colne Valley Water Works, Bushey, Herts, where he was responsible for carrying out many enlargements and extensions of this Company's Works and system of water supply.
This post he held until November 1915, when he retired on account of ill health.
His death took place on 16th March 1916, at the age of seventy.
He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1890.