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Alan Neville Banister (1860-1914)
1914 Obituary 
ALAN NEVILLE BANISTER was born at Beathorpe, Norfolk, on 9th June 1860.
He was educated at Haileybury College from 1874 to 1876, and in the engineering department of King's College, London, from 1876 to 1878.
In the hatter year he commenced an apprenticeship of five years with Messrs. Black, Hawthorn and Co., and Messrs. Hawks, Crawshay and Co., and on its completion in 1883 he became draughtsman with the Hull Dock Co.
Three years later he went to America and acted as draughtsman with various firms in the United States and Canada.
In October 1892 he was appointed electrical engineer to the Allegheny County Light Co., and superintended the erection of the Pittsburgh electric station and the laying of the underground mains.
At the end of 1895 he returned to England, taking up the position of engineer and draughtsman of the New General Traction Co., Westminster, and was engaged on preparing the plans and designs for the Douglas Southern Tramways, Coventry Tramways, and Norwich Tramways.
In January 1898 he acted as resident engineer of the Norwich Electric Tramways, subsequently being appointed engineer and manager, and this position he held until 1909 when he became engineer to the British Motor Cab Co.
In 1912 he took up the position of managing director of French, Banister and Co., Fort Garage, Margate.
His death took place at Chelmsford on 22nd April 1914, in his fifty-fourth year.
He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1901.