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Frederick Melhuish

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Frederick Melhuish (1857-1937)

1896 Assistant Engineer, Southwark and Vauxhall Water Works, Southwark Bridge Road, London

1937 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK MELHUISH was concerned for the whole of his career with water supply and pumping machinery. He was born in 1857 and commenced his training in the office of Mr. W. Dempsey, civil engineer, of Westminster, in 1872. In 1877 he went to the Tees-Side Ironworks to superintend the making of rails and fishplates in connexion with a large contract. He entered the service of the [[Southwark and Vauxhall Water Co|Southwark and Vauxhall Water Company[[ in 1882 as a draughtsman under [James Restler|Sir James Restler]], M.I.Mech.E., and was engaged on the design of the engines and filters at Hampton pumping station. In 1885 he was appointed assistant engineer to the company. He was then engaged on the design and construction of the Forest Hill reservoir and Wandsworth pumping station. The company was subsequently absorbed in the Metropolitan Water Board, and Mr. Melhuish was appointed district engineer for the Kent district of the Board. He carried out the sinking of a number of wells, including those at West Wickham, Eynsford, Sundridge, and Deptford. In 1929 he retired and lived at Bromley, Kent, where his death occurred on 8th January 1937.

Mr. Melhuish had been a Member of the Institution for no less than fifty years, having been elected in 1887.

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