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William Lorenzo Collins

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William Lorenzo Collins (1873-1901)

1901 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM LORENZO COLLINS was born at Reading on 19th August 1873.

He was educated at Marlborough College and at Sir Edmund Currie's Engineering College, Folkestone.

From 1892 to 1897 he served an apprenticeship at Messrs. John Fowler and Co.'s Steam Plough Works, Leeds, in the mechanical and electrical shops. During that time he assisted in superintending the erection of the electric light works at Coventry, Blackpool, Reading, and the Great Northern Railway Station at King's Cross.

In 1898 he became an assistant engineer to Mr. Robert Hammond, consulting engineer, of Westminster, and assisted in preparing lighting schemes for Gloucester, Rangoon, Leamington, and Canterbury. He had also superintended the erection of plant for the electric lighting of Bath and Newport.

His death took place at Reading, on 15th January 1901, in his twenty-eighth year.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1899.

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