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John Jabez Geach

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John Jabez Geach (1840-1883)

1880 Executive Engineer, Severn Tunnel Works, New Passage, near Bristol.

1884 Obituary [1]

JOHN J. GEACH was born at Ashburton, Devonshire, on 21st October 1840; and died at Weston, Bath, on 24th December 1883, aged forty-three.

In 1854 he was articled for three years to Mr. John Wright, in the locomotive works of the South Devon Railway, Newton Abbot.

Afterwards he had charge of the erection of several bridges, one in Bristol; and was also employed on the Bristol harbour railway.

In 1871 he was engaged on the works of the Severn Tunnel near Portskewett, and remained there until 1880. The rock-drills and other machinery used at the tunnel were from his own designs, and a description of them was given in his paper at the Bristol meeting of the Institution in 1877 (see Proceedings 1877, Page 206).

He became a Member of the Institution in 1878.

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