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James Edward Darbishire

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James Edward Darbishire (1852-1928)

1928 Obituary [1]

JAMES EDWARD DARBISHIRE, who was born in 1852 in County Antrim, Ireland, served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Company of Manchester, and in 1872, was appointed junior engineering correspondent on their staff.

In 1876 he became secretary to the Hydraulic Engineering Company of Chester, but he returned to Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Company as senior engineering correspondent in 1878, and visited South America and other countries on the firm's behalf.

In 1888 Mr. Darbishire commenced practice as a consulting engineer in London and became the representative of Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Company.

In 1903 he became a partner in the firm of Easton, Courtney and Darbishire, from which he retired in 1926.

He was a director of Messrs. Holden and Brooke and of the Hydraulic Engineering Company, for whom he became managing director in 1914 and Chairman in 1927.

In 1908 he read a Paper before the Institution on "Repairs, Renewal, Deterioration and Depreciation of Workshop Plant and Machinery."

He retired from active participation in business in 1928, and died near Bath on 19th September 1928.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1888.

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