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William Pelham Richardson

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William Pelham Richardson (1843-1908)

1909 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM PELHAM RICHARDSON, who died at Brockenhurst, Hants, on the 17th March, 1908, was born on the 6th August, 1843, and passed the greater part of his professional career in the irrigation service of the Government of India.

After serving his articles to Mr. Charles Weekes, Borough Engineer of Carmarthen, he spent 8 years, chiefly with Messrs. Brassey, Ogilvie and Harrison, on railway works, and as Assistant Engineer on the works of the Victoria Embankment, London.

In 1868, on the recommendation of the late Mr. Joseph Cubitt, Past-President, he secured an appointment in the Indian Government service, and was posted to the Irrigation Department, in which he rose through subordinate grades to the rank of officiating Superintending Engineer, retiring in 1896. During this period, he held executive charge of several important irrigation works, at Betwa, Bundelkhund and elsewhere.

Mr. Richardson was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 3rd December, 1872, was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 35th October, 1887.

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