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Robert Matthews (1854-1923)

of Manchester

1923 Obituary [1]

ROBERT MATTHEWS Was born at Wigton, Cumberland, in 1854, and began his engineering career with Messrs. R. and W. Hawthorn, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

He next went to Messrs. J. Wigham, Richardson and Co., afterwards joining the firm of Messrs. Bells, Lightfoot and Co., as chief draughtsman.

On the dissolution of partnership of the last-mentioned firm, Mr. Matthews went to Messrs. J. and E. Hall, of Dartford, as managing draughtsman.

In 1880 he joined Mr. Goodfellow, of Hyde, first as manager and afterwards in partnership, under the title of Goodfellow and Matthews.

Finally, in 1891, he became a director of the firm of Sir Joseph Whitworth and Co., and remained so until the amalgamation with Messrs. Sir W. G. Armstrong and Co., in which combination he held the position of head of the engineering branch at Manchester.

Mr. Matthews was President of the Engineering Employers' Federation for two years, and represented his firm on three of the Engineering Standards Committees.

He became a Member of this Institution and served on the Council for ten years, resigning in 1919.

He was also a Member of the Institutions of Civil and Electrical Engineers and of the Naval Architects, and was President of the Manchester Association of Engineers in its Jubilee year.

His deaths took place at his residence at Heaton Mersey, Manchester, on 13th June 1923, at the age of sixty-nine.

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