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James Brown (1850-1902)

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James Brown (1850-1902)


1902 Obituary [1]

JAMES BROWN was born in Bury, Lancashire, on 21st June 1850.

Having been educated at private schools, he served three years' apprenticeship at the locomotive works of the Waterford and Limerick Railway.

This was followed by two years with Messrs. W. Sharples, engineers, of Ramsbottom, Lancashire, and another two years with Messrs. Bentley and Jackson, engineers, of Bury. During this period, 1866-1870, be also attended technical classes at the Ramsbottom Science and Art School.

On the completion of his apprenticeship, he worked for one year as engineer with Messrs. Lamport and Holt, Brazilian Steamship Co., of Liverpool, and then from 1871 to 1873 with Messrs. Hick, Hargreaves and Co., of Bolton.

In the latter year he went to Messrs. Laird Brothers, of Birkenhead, with whom he worked as engineer for three years.

After having been in the employment of various firms, be became in 1887 au inspector for the Pearson and Knowles Coal and Iron Co., where he had 120 boilers in his charge.

With this firm he remained four years, and then went as boiler inspector for the British Steam Users' Society, Manchester.

Early in 1902 he started on his own account as consulting engineer at Longton, Staffordshire.

His death took place in Birmingham, on 22nd November 1902, in his fifty-third year.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1902.


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