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Alfred Phillips

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Alfred Phillips (1844-1889), Surveyor of Ely

1889 Obituary [1]

ALFRED PHILLIPS was born in the year 1844, and served his articles as a mechanical engineer to Mr. John Imray, of the Collinge Engineering Works, Lambeth, and to that gentleman's successors, Messrs. Whieldon, Lecky and Lucas.

He was also for a time in the works of Messrs. Fox, Walker and Co., of Bristol, as an improver.

His first appointment was that of Surveyor and Engineer to the Rural Sanitary Authority of Dorchester, where he remained for three years.

He next obtained a similar post at Festiniog, his chief work being an improvement in the system of drainage, and the bringing of a supply of water from a lake in the mountains 5 miles distant from the village, a work of much difficulty. He remained at Festiniog for eight years.

He was then appointed Surveyor of Ely, which position he held until August, 1888, when failing health compelled him to resign. He died of consumption on the 8th of February, 1889.

Mr. Phillips was elected an Associate on the 1st of December, 1874, and on the reconstruction of that class was made an Associate Member.

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