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Henry Robert Howells Martin

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Henry Robert Howells Martin (1852-1886)

1888 Obituary [1]

HENRY ROBERT HOWELLS MARTIN, eldest son of Mr. Henry Martin, Engineer to the Middlesex County Asylum at Hanwell, was born in 1852.

He was educated at University and King’s Colleges, London, and subsequently became an associate of the latter college.

In 1869 he began a three years’ pupilage with Messrs. George Waller and Co. of Southwark, London, during which time he had had experience in the design and manufacture of machinery for gas-works, water-works, breweries, drainage, &c.; was then for nine months (1872) in the office of his father at Hanwell, whilst extensive buildings were in progress for brewery, gas-works, sanitary arrangements, warming and ventilating.

In 1872 Mr. Martin became assistant to Mr. Robert Morland, manager of the Gloucester Gas-works, engaged in preparing drawings and specifications for new works capable of producing 24 million cubic feet of gas per diem; he was then for two years occupied in a similar position under Mr. Thornton Andrews, Assoc. Inst. C.E., at the Swansea Gas-works, during which time the works were entirely remodelled.

In 1855 he was made Engineer and Manager of the Llanelly Gas-works, and during the time he held that position the works were doubled in extent.

In January 1883 he obtained the appointment of Engineer to the Hong Kong and China Gas Company, which position he retained for several years. Mr. Martin was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 4th of December, 1877, having previously been a Student, and was transferred to Associate Member on the creation of that class a year later.

He died at Panama, on the 26th of May, 188i.

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