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John Henry Tate

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John Henry Tate (c1857-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"JOHN HENRY TATE, whose death occurred at Watford on 10th May 1949, at the great age of ninety-tune, had extrusive experience as a teacher of engineering subjects during the course of his long career.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1921. His early training was obtained under his fat her, a waster blacksmith, from 1870 to 1879, in whose employment he continued as a journeyman for a further seven years. He then entered the Elswick works of Sir W. G. Armstrong, Whitworth and Company, Ltd., and after undergoing some further practical training remained with that firm as a draughtsman until 1901, From 1880 to 1900 he was assistant lecturer in engineering subjects under the Durham County Council. Ali, holding several short appointments, including that of assistant to the city engineer of the Corporation of Newcastle upon Tyne and as works manager to Messrs. Thomas W. Ward, Ltd., of Sheffield, he became associated with the Lord Londonderry Colliery Company, and was responsible for the design of works and plant for a new coal mine.

In 1911 he went to Australia, and was engaged for six years on the design of plant and bridges for the Sydney Harbour Trust. Then followed thirteen years' experience as a lecturer in mechanical engineering at the Government School of Mines, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, until, in 1930, he returned to England and took up his final appointment as chief mechanical and civil engineering assistant to the Rickmansworth and Uxbridge Valley Water Co."

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