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Charles Granville Vines

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Charles Granville Vines (1873-1902)


1902 Obituary [1]

CHARLES GRANVILLE VINES was born at Peterborough on 18th February 1873.

Having been educated at Tossall School, near Fleetwood, and at the Lincoln School of Science and Art, he was apprenticed to Messrs. Robey and Co., Lincoln.

After serving nearly five years with that firm, he went as improver in the outside department of Messrs. Willans and Robinson of Thames Ditton, being afterwards employed for some time at Bankside at the City of London Electric Light Co.'s Works.

His health having become impaired, he went to South Africa, where he was engaged in engineering work for the Jumpers Deep and Glen Deep Mines and also other companies.

In 1899 he was appointed manager of Mr. Theodore Reunert's electrical works in Kimberley, and local agent for Messrs. Reunert and Lenz, of Johannesburg. He took part in the defence of Kimberley during the siege, and on the completion of the electric light installation he was appointed Borough Electrical Engineer by the Town Council of Kimberley.

His death from typhoid fever took place at Kimberley on 28th March 1902, at the age of twenty-nine.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1900.


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  1. 1902 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries