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Albert Harrison Turner

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Albert Harrison Turner (1857-1885)

1886 Obituary [1]

ALBERT HARRISON TURNER was born at Kensington on 4th March 1857.

After being educated at Sevenoaks grammar school he spent nearly two years at the Crystal Palace School of Practical Engineering, passing through the mechanical course and the surveying, department.

In 1875 he entered the employment of Messrs. Christopher James and Co., London and South Wales, iron merchants and colliery proprietors, with whom he remained for a few years.

In February 1880 he was engaged by Messrs. F. and A. Swanzy, London, as engineer and surveyor of their gold mine at Wassaw on the Gold Coast of West Africa; and in July 1882 was appointed manager, engineer, and reduction officer of the Wassaw Gold-Coast Mining Co.

He was one of the pioneers of the West African gold mining industry, in connection with whirls he carried out the erection of the machinery, engines, boilers, and stamp-heads, the work being done principally by natives who had to be taught by himself how to use the necessary carpenters', fitters', and smiths' tools.

His death took place at Wassaw on 5th December 1885, at the age of twenty-eight, after a few clays' illness from jaundice and fever.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1884.

1886 Obituary [2]

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