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Arthur Frederick Phillips (1842-1924)
"THE LATE MR. A. F. PHILLIPS.
The death is announced of Mr. Arthur Frederick Phillips, M.Inst.C.E., who was prominently associated with the design of gas and water undertakings in this country and abroad. Born in 1842, Mr. Phillips was 81 years old at the time of his death, which occurred on Monday, March 31, at his home, 176 Ashley-gardens, Westminster.
He was the son of Mr. William Phillips, the engineer and manager of the Luton Gas Co, and received his early training with his father. Mr. Phillips subsequently became engineer to the St. Albans Gas Co, and a short time afterwards he undertook, in addition, the management of the local waterworks. In 1876, he acted as adviser in the purchase of the gas works of Prato, Italy, which was acquired by a company which he formed, called The Tuscan Gas Company, Limited. This concern absorbed several other Italian gas works, and at present still controls twelve of them, the others having been sold to the Communes. Mr. Phillips was also concerned in the construction and management of two gas works in Spain and a gas and waterworks at Portugal. In 1905, he was appointed Director of the Continental Union Gas Co, and subsequently engineer to the Compagnie L’Union des Gaz of Paris. He constructed new gas works at Genoa and Milan and he was consulting engineer to the Santos Gas and Waterworks in Brazil Mr. Phillips was elected an Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1873 and a Member in 1883. He was a Member of Council of the Society of Engineers for many years."