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James O'Hara Murray

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James O'Hara Murray (1870-1943)

1943 Obituary [1]

JAMES O'HARA MURRAY. whose death occurred on 1st February 1943, was the proprietor of J. O'Hara Murray and Company, contracting engineers of Hatton Garden, London. In the early part of his career he spent many years in Germany, where he carried out important engineering work in connection with water supply. He was born in 1870, and studied for five years at the Royal School of Technology, Berlin. At the termination of a two years' apprenticeship with the Sangerhausen Company, sugar manufacturers, he went to America and was in charge of the pumping plant at the World's Fair, Chicago, in 1893.

On his return to Germany, after two years further experience in the U.S.A., where he was employed in the erection and testing of waterworks, he became assistant manager in the Berlin office of Mr. Henry R. Worthington. Subsequently he was appointed chief engineer in Europe for the Worthington Pumping-engine Company and was responsible for the erection of machinery for extensive waterworks at Rotterdam, Budapest, and other large Continental cities. Later he went into business on his own account, and erected the condensing plant and cooling towers for the electricity supply of Leipzig.

After the war of 1914-18, during which he was interned in Germany, he returned to England and entering into private practice, established the firm of J. O'Hara Murray and Company, contracting engineers. For over twenty years he was concerned with the export of all types of machinery, chiefly to India.

Mr. Murray was elected a Member of the Institution in 1920.

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