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Arthur Temple Quelch

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Arthur Temple Quelch (1874-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"ARTHUR TEMPLE QUELCH, O.B.E., B.Sc., whose death occurred on 12th March 1950, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905, and transferred to Membership in 1918.

He was born in 1874 and educated at the City of London School and at London University, where he graduated B.Sc. in 1902. After a two years' pupilage under his father, Mr. R. J. Quelch, M.I.C.E., consulting engineer and naval architect, he continued his training at the Hartlepool Engine Works from 1893 to 1896. He then held short appointments as draughtsman before going to sea as marine engineer, and in the course of three years rose from fourth to second engineer. His next post was that of assistant to his father, but after three years' service he went to sea again and rose to be chief engineer, obtaining his first-class Board of Trade certificate. After rendering further assistance to his father he was a lecturer in engineering at the West Ham Technical Institute for two years.

In 1908 he was appointed foundry manager to the Manganese Bronze and Brass Company, Ltd., London, with whom he remained until his retirement after twenty years' service. During his tenure of this appointment Mr. Quelch was responsible for the design and construction of two large machines of original type for machining propellers of the greatest dimensions for service in many of the most famous liners. For his services in this connection he was awarded the O.B.E."

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