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John Adam Munn

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John Adam Munn (1870-1901)

1902 Obituary [1]

JOHN ADAM MUNN was born in Glasgow on 4th May 1870.

He was educated at the public school at Newton Mearns, near Glasgow; and afterwards at Allan Glen's Technical Institution, Glasgow. From 1886 to 1890 he attended evening classes at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, and passed several of the Science and Art Department examinations at South Kensington.

From 1886 to 1888 he served his time with Messrs. Watson, Laidlaw and Co., Glasgow, at pattern making; from 1888 to 1889 with Mr. John Bennie, hydraulic and general engineer, at turning and fitting; and from 1889 to 1891 with Messrs. G. and J. Weir, Cathcart, near Glasgow, at turning and fitting.

After working a short time as journeyman erector with Messrs. R. Napier and Sons, shipbuilders, Glasgow, he entered the drawing office of Messrs. J. M. Adam and Co., of Govan, where he remained until 1894, the latter part of the time being employed as outside foreman.

He was next employed for a few months as fourth engineer on the s.s. "Borderer," and then returned to Messrs. R. Napier and Sons as journeyman erector for a short time, after which he was engaged in erecting and overhauling machinery in his father's works at Dalmarnock, Glasgow.

In March 1895 he went as engineer on board steamers of the British India Steam Navigation Co., Calcutta, and obtained a second engineer's Board of Trade Certificate.

In 1896 he was appointed works manager with Messrs. W. R. Philp and Co., of Calcutta, and in the next year became engineering traveller to the Planters' Store and Agency Co., of Calcutta, remaining in this capacity one year, when he entered Messrs. K. L. Mukerjee and Co.'s Works as general manager.

In the beginning of 1900 he was offered and accepted an appointment in the North Cachar Hills, as a contractor's agent under Messrs. Lewis Jones and Co. (Bott and Stennett), in the construction of a branch of the Assam Bengal Railway, where amongst other works there was a considerable amount of difficult tunnelling.

In May 1901 he caught a severe chill from which he never recovered, and died on his way to Calcutta at Giridih, on 30th November 1901, in his thirty-second year.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1899.

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