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Matthew Alexander Robinson

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Matthew Alexander Robinson (1872-1929)

1929 Obituary [1]

MATTHEW ALEXANDER ROBINSON was born at Ballykelly on 24th March 1872 and spent his life in Northern Ireland.

He was apprenticed with Messrs. Young and Mackenzie of Belfast and for some years practised as an architect in Londonderry.

In 1908 he was appointed city surveyor, engineer and architect, and designed the present Londonderry Guildhall, one of the most notable buildings in the North of Ireland. His greatest work was the City of Londonderry Banagher water scheme which provides for the impounding of water in a five-hundred-million-gallon reservoir in the mountains 22 miles from Londonderry, and the carrying of water across hill, valley, and peat bog into the city.

At the time of his death the aqueduct was under construction.

He was also engineer, in conjunction with Messrs. Mott, Hay, and Anderson, of the new bridge across the tidal River Foyle, the construction of which is about to be commenced.

Mr. Robinson became a Member of the Institution in 1926.

He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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