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Edward Bowen

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Edward Bowen (1849-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

EDWARD BOWEN was born at Wednesbury on 16th February 1849.

He commenced his engineering training in 1863 at the locomotive works of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway at Brighton, and after serving his time he went to London where he worked at various marine engineering works, including those of Messrs. Ravenhill's at Blackwall.

Several years later he was engaged as sea-going engineer on the S.S. "Glenavon," which plied between Newcastle and the East.

On giving up this appointment, he was engaged by Messrs. Charles Tennant as manager and superintendent of six of their sugar estates in Trinidad, and three years later he was appointed locomotive superintendent and works manager of the Porto Alegre and New Hamburg Railway Co., at Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

This position he continued to hold for several years, until he retired in 1903 on account of ill-health; during that period he was publicly complimented on several occasions by the directors.

His death took place at his residence at Hastings on 18th April 1913, at the age of sixty-four.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1888.

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