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Matthew Wilson Barker (1863-1912)
1912 Obituary 
MATTHEW WILSON BARKER was born at South Shields on 12th February 1863.
He served his apprenticeship from 1878 to 1884 in the shops and drawing office of the Silksworth Colliery, Sunderland, where he afterwards acted as assistant engineer.
He then attended a course of lectures on Mining at the Royal School of Mines, and in 1885 returned to Sunderland where he was engaged in business as engineer and surveyor, as well as instructor of mining and engineering, etc., at Dr. Rutherford's Science Schools, Newcastle-on-Tyne, and other places.
In 1888 he was appointed chief surveyor to the De Beers Consolidated Mines, South Africa, and in 1892 became assistant to Mr. Sidney H. Farrar, also acting as manager to Messrs. Howard, Farrar and Co., engineers, of Johannesburg.
Three years later he was appointed consulting engineer to the East Rand Proprietary Mines, New Kleinfontein Gold Mining Co., and other companies, and in 1898 he returned to England.
From 1898 to 1904 he acted as consulting engineer to Messrs. Farrar Brothers, London, and in the latter year he was appointed general manager and consulting engineer to the Penhalonga Proprietary and Rezende Mines, Rhodesia. Owing to ill-health he returned to England in 1908.
His death took place at his residence in Sydenham, London, on 15th January 1912, in his forty-ninth year.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1896.