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John Coates (1846-1914). founder and chairman of John Coates and Co
1914 Obituary 
JOHN COATES, born in 1846, died in London on the 10th February, 1914.
Educated at Newcastle-on-Tyne, he received his engineering training at Lord Armstrong's Elswick Works, and was subsequently employed for 10 years on the staff of Messrs. Thomas and Charles Hawksley, of Westminster.
In 1878 he commenced private practice in London, as engineer to Messrs. J. Abbott and Company, hydraulic engineers, of Gateshead, and other firms.
In 1885 he visited Australia and opened an office in Melbourne, and later he extended his operations to Canada. He was responsible for gasworks and hydraulic-power installations at many towns in Europe, South America, Australia, and Canada, and as head of the firm of John Coates and Company, Ltd., he was a consulting and inspecting engineer to the Victorian State Railways, the Commonwealth Government, and to various public authorities and private corporations.
Mr. Coates was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 7th December, 1875, was subsequently placed among the Associate Members, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 13th March, 1888.