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Robert Arthur Dawbarn

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Robert Arthur Dawbarn (1860-1916) of Mordey and Dawbarn

of the Brush Electrical Engineering Co

1916 Obituary [1]

ROBERT ARTHUR DAWBARN, born on the 30th November, 1860, died at Sidcup on the 6th March, 1916.

His career was passed entirely in the electrical branch of the profession. Between 1880 and 1900 he served successively with the British Electric Light Company, Messrs. Siemens Brothers and Company, Woolwich, and the Brush Electrical Engineering Company, for whom he in later years acted as Superintending Engineer, carrying out in that capacity many schemes of electric lighting, power supply and tramways in this country and abroad.

In 1900 he entered into partnership with Mr. W. M. Mordey, M. Inst. C.E., at Westminster, which continued until 1915.

He was elected a Member on the 6th February, 1906

1916 Obituary [2]

ROBERT ARTHUR DAWBARN, who died on the 6th March, 1916, was born at March, Cambridgeshire, on the 30th November, i860.

He was educated at Tettenhall College, Staffordshire, and whilst serving his pupilage with Messrs. Neilson and Company (later Neilson, Reid and Company) also attended engineering classes at Anderson's College (now the West of Scotland Technical Institute).

In 1881 he became assistant engineer to the British Electric Light Company, and three years later received an appointment on Mr. J. S. Raworth's staff in connection with ship lighting.

From 1885 to 1887 he was with Messrs. Siemens Brothers and Company.

In the latter year he went to the Brush Company, becoming a year later chief assistant engineer to Mr. Raworth, who was at that time superintending engineering to the Company. During the greater part of the time that he remained with this Company he had charge of their estimating department and was responsible for many of the electric lighting schemes designed and carried out at that time for municipalities and electric light and power companies.

In 1899 he visited Australia on behalf of the Brush Company in order to amalgamate the Melbourne electric lighting companies, and on his return he was appointed superintending engineer, and also had charge of the traction department.

A year later, in 1900, he resigned his position with the Brush Company in order to devote his attention to consulting work, entering into partnership with Mr. W. M. Mordey. In connection with this consulting practice he paid frequent visits abroad, among others to South America and South Africa.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1888 and a Member in 1894. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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