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Albert Powell

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Albert Powell (1868-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

ALBERT POWELL had a wide engineering experience in India, where he lived for most of his life. He was born at Chernowitz, Austria, in 1868, and went out to India at an early age. From 1886 to 1889 he served his apprenticeship in the general engineering works of Messrs. Alcock, Ashdown and Company, of Bombay, after which he came to England, and gained experience as a journeyman with Messrs. Shepherd and Company, of Burnley, for whom he was engaged until 1892 on repair work for marine engines.

He then returned to India, to take charge of the steam generating plant at the Akot ginning factory, and in 1893 he was granted a chief engineer's certificate of competency as a boiler inspector by the Government of .India. Two years later he joined the Bombay, Baroda, and Central India Railway as engineer in charge of all pumping machinery on the railway. From 1899 to 1902 he was responsible for the boilers, engines, and the millwrights' departments of a group of textile mills belonging to Messrs. Greaves, Cotton and Company, after which he went to Rangoon, where he was in sole charge of a rice mill. In 1906 he joined the Standard Mills Company, Ltd., as superintending engineer, and erected a calico bleaching, dyeing, printing, and finishing plant at Bombay. Three years later he took up a similar appointment with the Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Company, and remained with the firm until his retirement twenty-six years later, in 1935. Mr. Powell, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1910, died in Bombay on 24th June 1938.

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