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Thomas Mellard Reade

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Thomas Mellard Reade (1832-1909)


1909 Obituary [1]

THOMAS MELLARD READE, born in 1832 at Liverpool, died at Blundellsands near that city, on the 26th May, 1909, in his 78th year.

After an early training with a firm of architects, he entered the Engineer’s office of the London and North Western Railway, and eventually became chief draughtsman of the northern division.

In 1860 he commenced private practice, and amongst other work acted as architect to the Liverpool School Board from 1870 to 1902.

At the time of his death he was engaged in constructing the roof of the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

In geological research, which he did not actively take up until middle life, he attained considerable eminence, being the author of over 200 memoirs and two important works, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a holder of the Murchison meda1.

Mr. Reade was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 4th April, 1871, and was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members.


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