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Henry James Deane (1876-1948)

1948 Obituary [1]

"IT is with deep regret that we have to record the death on Tuesday, October 19th, at Godalming, of Mr. Henry James Deane, in his seventy-third year. Mr. Deane, who had been suffering from ill-health for some time, was the senior partner in the firm of Deane and Mason, consulting civil engineers, of 53, Victoria Street, Westminster, London, S.W.1. He received his education at All Saints' College, Bathurst, New South Wales, and studied engineering at Sydney University, gaining his B.E. degree in 1897.

His first position was that of assistant surveyor on the Moree-Inverell Railway, New South Wales, and he also gained practical works experience in the shops of the Clyde Engineering Co, New South Wales.

In 1899 he had charge of erection work at the Ultimo tramway generating station at Sydney.

In 1900 he left Australia, and came to England as an assistant engineer with Messrs. Baker and Hurtzig. Amongst the works carried out by that firm he was connected with the construction of the Angel section of the City and South London Railway.

He also had charge of the cement testing work for the Assouan dam, and carried out hydrographic survey work on the River Medway, and later was resident engineer for the Medway improvement works. From 1906 to 1912 he was an engineer with Messrs. Baker, Mott and Hay, and was engaged on work connected with the Central London Railway, the South London Railway and the National Physical Laboratory buildings... Read more "

1949 Obituary [2]

"HENRY JAMES DEANE, B.Eng., whose death occurred on 19th October 1948, was the principal of Messrs. Deane and Mason, consulting engineers, Westminster. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1917 and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. In addition he was a Past President of the Institution of Structural Engineers.

He was born in 1876 and educated at All Saints College, Bathurst, N.S.W., and at the University of Sydney, where he graduated as Bachelor of Engineering in 1897. His practical training was obtained with the Clyde Engineering Co, of Sydney, and at the Ultimo Tramway Power Station in that city. Coming to England in 1900 he joined the staff of Sir Benjamin Baker, consulting engineer, Westminster, as assistant engineer, and seven years later was promoted to be chief assistant engineer. He was in 1913 appointed chief assistant engineer to the Port of London Authority, in which capacity he was responsible for the maintenance of the whole of the Authority's plant, including tugs, dredgers, and locomotives. He relinquished this position in 1924 and began to practise on his own account as a consulting engineer, Mr. John Mason, A.M.I.C.E., being admitted into partnership in 1946."

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