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Thomas Owen (1870-1949)

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Thomas Owen (1870-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"THOMAS OWEN was a Member of the Institution for forty-three years, having been elected in 1906. He was educated at the Liverpool Institute, and on the completion of a five years' pupilage under Mr. W. Rowlandson, mechanical and hydraulic engineer, of Liverpool, in 1891, continued in the employment of the firm as a junior draughtsman. He was promoted to the post of chief draughtsman two years later, and was concerned with the design of hydraulic and tobacco processing machinery, in addition to plant for oil and flour mills.

After acting as outdoor manager for two years, he was appointed general manager and in 1904 he was admitted to partnership. On the dissolution of the partnership in 1912 he became engineering representative to the firm of Messrs. Edward Bennis and Company, Ltd. (now Bennis Combustion, Ltd.), of Bolton, Lancs. He continued to represent the interests of that firm in the Midlands area up to an advanced age, and during this long period he was closely concerned with mechanical stokers and coal handling plant. He was also responsible for the supervision of some of the largest power station and industrial boiler-house installations in the Midlands. Mr. Owen's death occurred on 15th February 1949, at the age of seventy-nine."

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