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Frederick Evelyn Cairnes

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Frederick Evelyn Cairnes (1865-1944)

1946 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK EVELYN CAIRNES was born in 1865 and received his technical education at University College, London, where he took courses in engineering and surveying. After serving a two years' apprenticeship, terminating in 1885, in the Crewe works of the London and North Western Railway, he became assistant to the late Mr. Park at the Bow Works of the North London Railway, and later was employed by Mr. Price-Williams on the preparation of plans for the Metropolitan Outer Circle Railway.

From 1888 to 1890 he assisted the resident engineer of the City and Southwark Subway. He then accepted an appointment in Mexico as resident engineer for Messrs. Pearson and Son, and was engaged on operations in connection with the Grand Canal. Subsequently, on his return to England, he was for some years chief engineer to the Bridgwater Estates in Lancashire.

In 1899 he began his long association with Messrs. John Jameson and Sons, of Dublin, which lasted for over forty years. His first appointment was that of engineer, later he joined the board of directors, retiring in 1941. Mr. Cairnes, whose death occurred on 13th March 1944, was one of the oldest Members of the Institution.

He was elected a Graduate in 1886 and was transferred to Membership in 1891.

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