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Thomas Buckham

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Thomas Buckham (1836-1877)

1878 Obituary [1]

MR. THOMAS BUCKHAM, second son of the late Mr. John Dixon Buckham, of Hereford, was born in 1836.

He received his early instruction in engineering under his father, and was afterwards employed on the staff of Messrs. Branson and Gwyther, contractors, at that time, of Birmingham, on the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Dudley Railway, as well as on other large works.

He was next for four years an assistant in the Architects’ Department of the Midland Railway.

In 1860 he obtained the appointment of Surveyor and Engineer to the Fareham Local Board of Health, for whom he designed and completed the drainage and supply of the town.

In l864 Mr. Buckham was elected to the Surveyorship of Battersea, under the Wandsworth District Board of Works, and carried out the new sewerage of the Parish of Battersea, in connection with the Metropolitan main drainage system. For the design of these works, and for the skill and judgment displayed during their progress, he was highly complimented by the Board.

Some misunderstanding induced him to resign this office in 1874, and the separation, coupled with other anxieties, affected his health considerably.

In the autumn of 1877, Mr. Buckham retired for a short time to Sunbury-on-Thames to regain his strength, but died rather suddenly on the 28th December, at the age of forty-one, leaving a wife and four children. He was a man of good mental capabilities as well as physical power, and was much esteemed for his freedom and hospitality.

Mr. Buckham was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 5th of December, 1865.

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