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Allan Renny

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Allan Renny (1866-1908)


1908 Obituary [1]

ALLAN RENNY was born at Arbroath, Forfarshire, on 3rd August 1866.

He was educated at the High School of his native town, and in 1882 commenced an apprenticeship of five years with the firm of Messrs. Alexander Shanks and Son, engineers, of Arbroath. During that period he attended technical classes in the evenings.

On the completion of his articles he remained for a year with the firm as draughtsman, and then joined, as fourth engineer, one of the British India Steam Navigation Co.'s steamers.

Having passed as first class engineer, he joined in 1893 the Tanjong Pager Dock Co., as shop foreman at the Penang branch, and was promoted to be superintendent in the following year.

In 1899 he left the Dock Co. to undertake the erection and supervision of sugar plant in the Malay States, and in 1901 he started business on his own account in Penang as consulting engineer and marine surveyor.

Subsequently he joined the service of Mr. Robert Young, Member, and was engaged in connection with the construction of the municipal tramways, and a variety of other engineering work.

He was surveyor in Penang for the Germanische Lloyd and Bureau Veritas. He took an active part in the affairs of the Engineers' Institute in Penang, of which he was President in 1907.

His death took plate at Kuala Lumpur, in the Malay States, on 7th April 1908, in his forty-second year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1906.


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