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Robert Alexander Milne (1875-1933)
1933 Obituary 
ROBERT ALEXANDER MILNE joined the staff of Messrs. Walker, Sons, and Company of Colombo Iron Works in 1911 as assistant works manager and succeeded to the position of works manager in 1919. These works dealt with all classes of marine, mechanical, and electrical engineering.
Owing to ill health he returned to England in 1930 and his death occurred on 25th March 1932.
He was born at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, in 1875 and received his technical education at Gordon's College, Aberdeen.
He served his apprenticeship from 1891 to 1897 with Messrs. Clyne, Mitchell and Company, engineers and ironfounders, and later became machine shop foreman.
He went to sea in 1898, becoming a first-class engineer, and was responsible for important erection and salvage work.
In 1907 he went to Bombay as superintending engineer of a cotton mill, holding this position until 1911, when he went to Colombo.
He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1914.