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William Russ

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William Russ (c1828-1891)

1891 Obituary [1]

. . . . He was in 1848 a pupil to Mr. Sharp, Gas Engineer, of Winchester and Southampton. He then went to Australia, and in 1851 and 1852 was on the staff for the survey of Crown lands, roads, and bridges in the Colony of Victoria.

He afterwards acted for several years as Resident Engineer of the South Essex Waterworks, in the employment of Easton and Amos.

He then entered into partnership with Charles Minns, in conjunction with whom he carried out the sewerage and drainage and water supply of a number of towns, amongst which may be mentioned Romford, Vare, Brentwood, Sawbridgeworth, Enfield, Andover, Swindon, Shirehampton, Westbury-on-Trym, Stoke Bishop, Portishead, Basingstoke, Newport (Isle of Wight), Richmond (Surrey), and Petersham.

He was also extensively engaged in the reclamation of land from the sea in Essex, Norfolk, and Hampshire. He designed a scheme for bringing sea-water from Shoreham to London, for which an Act was obtained in 1881, and was also engaged in the designing of the Mid Kent Water-works and the Guernsey Water-works . . . [more]

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