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John Frederick Allan

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John Frederick Allan (1861-1931)

1931 Obituary[1]


We regret to record the death of Mr. John Frederick Allan, who was well known as a consulting mining engineer. He was born on November 5, 1861, and was educated at Famah Hall, Derbyshire. From 1882 to 1884 he pursued his studies at the Royal Saxon School of Mines, Freiberg. Previous to this, he had two years’ practical experience under the late Mr. T. A. Allan, when he occupied the position of assistant mining engineer with the Tharsis Sulphur and Copper Company, Limited, Spain. On leaving the Royal Saxon School of Mines, Mr. Allan again Went to Spain, entering the service of the Rio Tinto Company, Limited, as assistant mining engineer. After' one year in this capacity, he was promoted to the position of engineer-in-charge of the company’s North Lode mine. In this position, he obtained valuable experience in tunnelling, shaft sinking, and mining on a large scale. In 1887, Mr. Allan went out to South America as manager of the West Argentine and Glenrock Company’s mines in the Argentine Republic, and it may be mentioned that the association with mining interests in South America, thus commenced, was retained throughout his long professional career. In 1889, he set up in business as a consulting engineer in Buenos Aires, and three years later transferred his office to London.

In 1894, Mr. Allan relinquished his consulting business to take up the position of deputy-manager with the Mexican Gold and Silver Recovery Company, and in the following year was appointed general manager, a position he retained for eight years. In this capacity he examined mines in Mexico both for the company and for third parties, and superintended the development of several mines. After a short period as a consultant in Mexico City, Mr. Allan was appointed, in 1905, Madrid manager of the Rio Tinto Co, and in 1907 he took up the position of general manager of the Caucasus Copper Company, Limited.

From 1909 to the time of his death, Mr. Allan was consulting mining engineer to companies operating in Canada, Egypt, Great Britain, Mexico and Spain, besides reporting on mines in many other parts of the world. He was the author of a number of papers on mining. He joined the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1889, and was made a full member in 1913. He was also a member of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy.

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