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James William Wyatt

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James William Wyatt (1857- ) F.C.H., F.R.G.S., F.R.H.S., M.Inst.C.E., J.P.

1857 Born.

Educated at Coopers Hill for Indian Engineering service

Began professional work in Australia

1880 entered paper making industry; trained at Alexander Pirie and Sons

5 years in charge of management and re-organisation, John Dickinson and Co's paper mills, Hertford

1883 Elected Associate Member of the Inst of Civil Engineers

15 years Managing Director, Pirie, Wyatt and Co

1896 of St Cuthbert's Mills, Wells, Somerset[1]

1905 Visited the Levant to report on prospects of papermaking there

3 years in charge of timber and slate quarry machinery work for Owen and Son, Carnarvon.

WWI Organising Secretary for West of England, Ministry of Munitions, 2.5 years

4 years with Ministry of Reconstruction in connection with formation of Whitley Councils.

Received Telford Premium for papers. Contributed "Paper-making" section to Encyclopaedia Britannica.

1922 J.P., M.Inst.C.E., Bryn Gwynan, Beddgelert, North Wales; b. 1857; eldest s. of the late Lieut.-Colonel James Henry Wyatt, C.B., of Bryn Gwynan, Carnarvonshire, by Jane Forbes, eldest d. of Wm. Hogarth, of Aberdeen; m. 1905, to Margaret Ellen, only d. of the late Donald N. Nicol, M.P., of Ardmarnoch, Argyllshire. Ed. Woolwich, and in Germany and Switzerland; 3 years' engineering education at the Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill. Passed in and out first; made Fellow of Coopers Hill at the end of the course, and was awarded the Scholarship of Engineering at the end of each of the three years. Served a year's practical course on the Bradford Waterworks with the late Sir Alexander Binnie, and was appointed Assistant Engineer on the Irrigation Works at Lahore, Punjab; went to Australia; made an exploration trip across Queensland from Brisbane to Point Parker, in connection with a flying survey for a proposed transcontinental railway, under the late Robert Watson, Chief Engineer of Victorian Railways. Then with Alex. Pirie and Sons, Ltd., Stoneywood Paperworks, Aberdeen, and learnt papermaking with them for 2 years. Had charge for 5 years of the reorganization and reconstruction of Dickinson's Paper Mills in Hertfordshire. Had sole charge for 15 years as Managing Director of the development, organization and administration of Pixie, Wyatt and Co.'s Paper Works, Wells, Somerset. Had charge for 3 years of the Fouhdry, Engineering Shop and Timber Works of H. Owen and Sons, Carnarvon. Was sent at various times to investigate and report on labour questions and trade conditions in Germany, France and the United States. Went also to Syria and Egypt to report to a London syndicate upon the establishment of a proposed factory at Beirut, Syria. Received two Telford Premiums from the Institution of Civil Engineers for two papers read before the Institution: "The Art of Papermaking," "Sizing Paper with Resin "; wrote the articles on Papermaking for the supplement of the ninth edition, and also for the new edition of the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." Member of the East India United Service and Alpine Chfc s. War Services.-1915—Organizing Secretary for the West of England for the Ministry of Munitions for 2/ years. Then 9 months with the Ministry of Reconstruction, Executive Officer of the Trade Organization Branch in connection with the establishment of the Whitley Councils.

1939 F.C.H., F.R.G.S., F.R.H.S., M.Inst.C.E., J.P.

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