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Christopher Hubert Jolliffe

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Christopher Hubert Jolliffe (1874-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

CHRISTOPHER HUBERT JOLLIFFE held the position of consulting engineer to the Eastern Produce and Estates Company, Ltd., until the mechanical side of the firm was closed down in 1932.

He was born in Ceylon in 1874 and received his technical education at the University College of South Wales.

In 1891 he entered the workshops of the Rhymney Railway as an apprentice, serving for four years, after which he went to sea as third engineer in Messrs. Burdick and Cook's steamships. H

e became second engineer in Messrs. Anning Brothers' ships in 1896, and subsequently took a steam tug to Colombo for the Ceylon Government.

He then joined Messrs. Corfield and Company as chief engineer on a steamship engaged on Colombo harbour works. In 1898 he obtained his certificate as chief engineer and held that position for six years on steamships owned by the Shell Transport and Trading Company, working between Sumatra and Rangoon.

His first appointment with the Eastern Produce and Estates Company was that of assistant engineer, in 1904; he was promoted to be workshop engineer in 1910 and became chief engineer in 1912. He took charge of the development of the mechanical side of the firm, in connexion with the tea and rubber industries.

In 1928 he commenced his work as consulting engineer to the firm, following his return to England.

His death took place at Salisbury on 16th October 1935.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1903.

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