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Robert John Harrison (1848-1897)
Mr. R. J . Harrison, borough engineer of Derby, died on Thursday at his residence in Swinburne-street in that town.
He was a native of Southampton, and received his early professional training at the head-quarters of the Office of Works, under the late Sir Henry James.
He became assistant to the late Mr. Clement Dunscombe, C.E., at Derby, in 1877 in which year was commenced a series of public improvements which have quite altered the aspect of the central portions of the town.
In 1879, when the late Mr. Coultburst succeeded Mr. Dunscombe, Mr. Harrison was appointed deputy.
In June, 1888, be was unanimously elected borough engineer, surveyor, and resident water works engineer."
1898 Obituary