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John Archbold (1838-1897)
1897 Obituary 
JOHN ARCHBOLD was born at Haugh Head, Wooler, Northumberland, on 8th February 1838, whence while he was quite a child his parents removed to Cowpen Colliery, near Blyth.
After this he held for a short time the position of engineer at Felling Colliery, near Gateshead, which he left to act, as resident engineer to some patent fuel-works, commenced at Hendon, Sunderland.
Afterwards he was appointed by the Stella Coal Co. engineer to their collieries near Blaydon-on-Tyne; and then went abroad for three years as engineer at a colliery in Labuan, Borneo.
He devised a haulage clip of simple mechanism, which is doing good work at these collieries. For twelve years he was a member of the Greasley School Board, being vice-chairman for part of the time; he also took a great interest in the technical education movement in the parish.
His death took place at his residence in Greasley on 3rd October 1897, after a long and painful illness, in his sixtieth year.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.