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John England

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John England (1813-1882)


1882 Obituary [1]

. . . He was apprenticed on the 3rd of January, 1828, to the late Bryan Donkin, and never failed to appreciate the peculiar advantage of this preliminary mechanical training, as forming the best entrance to the engineering profession. Before the termination of his apprenticeship he was sent by Mr. Donkin to Italy, to erect some millwork, which he did much to the satisfaction of the proprietors. Subsequently he became engaged, under the late Mr. I. K. Brunel, V.P. Inst. C.E., as a Resident Engineer during the construction of the Bristol and Exeter Railway, and there he remained for seven years. . . .

Financial considerations delaying the construction of this line, Mr. England was in 1840 selected to set out a railway from Lima to Callao. . .



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