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William Collins

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1951 Obituary.[1]

William Collins died on the 10th April, 1950, at the age of 73, at Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. He commenced his electrical engineering career with the Crystal Palace Electric Supply Co. in 1893, and was later an Assistant Engineer with Crompton and Co., on a contract for lighting Southampton Docks. In 1896 he went to the Arc Works at Chelmsford as a pupil. After serving for a time in the London Contract Office of Crompton's he was appointed District Engineer and Manager of their West of England Branch at Bristol, which position he occupied until 1927. He later acted as consulting engineer for the collieries, steelworks and tin-plate works in South Wales. He was an original and active member of the Cromptonian Association. Both his wife and his twin daughters predeceased him.

He joined The Institution as a Student in 1896 and was elected an Associate in 1899, an Associate Member in 1905 and a Member in 1907. Having played an active part in the formation of the Western Centre, he served as Hon. Secretary of that Centre from 1912 to 1916, and as an ordinary member of the Committee from 1919 to 1922. He was also an Associate Member of The Institution of Civil Engineers.

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