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William James (1854-1889)

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William James (1854-1889)


1890 Obituary [1]

. . . . then served a pupilage of three years from 1872 to S. W. Jenkin, during which time he was engaged in connection with the parliamentary- and working-plans and sections of several branch lines for the Cornwall Minerals Railway, the Fal Valley Railway, and the Truro and Penzance Railway; then for one year (1875-76), was a student at the School of Practical Engineering at the Crystal Palace under W. J. Wilson.

In 1876 he went to India, but, failing to obtain employment as an engineer, he became a pupil of H. Whymper, of the Murree Brewery, and was occupied for fifteen months on the water supply for the Murree Brewery Co in the Punjab.

On the conclusion of this work, Mr. James proceeded to Calcutta, where he was at once engaged by Mitchell and Co, engineers and contractors, in which firm he, in 1881, became a partner. . . . [more]



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  1. 1890 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries