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John Foley

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John Foley (1852-1906)


1907 Obituary [1]

JOHN FOLEY, born on the 18th August, 1852, WA.S educated privately, and subsequently attended lectures at King’s College, London. He was trained in the office of the late Mr. Henry Law, with whom he served as an assistant for a period of about 9 years, 3 years of which were spent on the construction of drainage works for the City of Pernambuco, Brazil.

Between 1876 and 1879 he was engaged at Widnes on the design ancl construction of extensions to the waterworks, including a covered reservoir of 10,000,000 gallons capacity.

In 1879 he went to Corsica as Manager of the Bastia Gasworks, and for 3 years subsequently he was employed in the engineering ofice of the New River Company under Mr. Joseph Francis, M. Inst. C.E., in designing pumping stations and other works.

He was next engaged in the construction of gasworks in France and Italy for the European Gas Company and the Compagnie l’Union des Gaz, ancl subsequently he was employed for sbort periods on waterworks for the town of Longford, Ireland, on extensions to the drainage works at Rio, and in the preparation of contract drawings for the Abbey Mills Sewage Outfall Works and for the Geltsdale Water Scheme for the water-supply of Carlisle.

On the completion of the last work he assisted Mr. Charles Butterworth, the engineer for the Carlisle scheme, in his private practice. He was last employed on the engineering staff of Mr. Imrie Iciralfy in connection with exhibition work.

Mr. Foley died on the 2nd June, 1906, in his fifty-fourth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 3rd Deccmber, 1901.



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