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Alfred Howard Vincent Newton

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Alfred Howard Vincent Newton (1852-1897)


1897 Obituary [1]

ALFRED HOWARD VINCENT NEWTON, fourth son of the late William Edward Newton, Civil Engineer, was born in London on the 13th January, 1852.

After being educated at King's College, Strand, where he gained the Daniell Chemical Scholarship, he was articled to his father, and was subsequently employed by Major-General Scott, R.E., to carry out experiments in connection with sewage works at Leeds, Bolton and Nottingham.

In 1877 he was appointed Assistant Engineer to the Singapore Municipality, which post he held for nineteen years. During that time he was in charge of the Department for periods aggregating about four years; and between March, 1895, and June, 1896, owing to the illness of James MacRitchie, he carried on the work of the office single-handed. Among the works upon which he was engaged may be mentioned the erection of iron and steel bridges over various rivers and creeks in Singapore, drainage and reclamation works, water-supply and public buildings. By permission of the Municipal Commissioners he erected several buildings in Singapore, and designed bridges for private firms.

During the year 1886, while on leave, he visited the principal engineering works in Victoria and New South Wales, and for six months studied bridge construction and the testing of materials at the University of Sydney.

In 1896 Mr. Newton was appointed Acting Deputy Executive Engineer for Waterworks by the Municipality of Bombay.

On his retirement from Singapore the Municipal Commissioners passed the following resolution:- “That this Board place upon record their appreciation of the services rendered to the Municipality of the City of Singapore by Mr. Howard Newton, as Assistant Engineer, during his long service, and desire to thank him for the energy and zeal with which he has carried out the duties entrusted to him. - 29 July, 1896.”

Mr. Newton died of cholera at Bombay on the 27th July, 1897.

He was elected an Associate Member on the 6th April, 1880, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 2nd March, 1897.



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  1. 1897 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries