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John Newman A.M.I.C.E.(1847-1906)

Civil Engineer

Author of a number of books, including the informative and entertaining 'Scamping Tricks and Odd Knowledge Occasionally Practised upon Public Works'[1]


1906 Obituary [2]

JOHN NEWMAN, third son of the late Mr. Orlando Newman, of Paddington, was born on the 3rd March, 1847, and after being privately educated, received his practical tmining under the late Mr. James McNair Harkness, of Westminster.

In 1867 he obtained employment on the Limehouse Basin improvement works of the Regents Canal Company, and on the completion of these works he became contractor’s engineer in sole charge of the construction of the Kington and Eardesley railway, from the commencement until its completion in 1873, after which he carried out in the same capacity the Kington and Radnor extension of the same railway.

Subsequently he was employed on the construction of the Ballymena and Portglenone railway and in other railway work.

Mr. Newman was the Author of several works on engineering subjects, including "Notes on Concrete," "Earthwork Slips and Subsidences," "Metallic Structures, Corrosion, Fouling, etc.," and "Cylinder Bridge Piers," copies of which are in the Library of the Institution. He also contributed frequently to the columns of the technical press and occasionally lectured before the students of the Royal Engineers’ Institute, Chatham.

He died on the 11th February, 1906, in his fifty-ninth year.

Mr. Newman was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 12th May, 1874.



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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Scamping Tricks and Odd Knowledge Occasionally Practised upon Public Works', Spon, 1891
  2. 1906 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries