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Thomas Johnson Britten

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Thomas Johnson Britten (1858-1910)


1911 Obituary [1]

THOMAS JOHNSON BRITTEN was born in Herefordshire in 1858, and was educated at Doncaster Grammar School.

In 1887 he went to the Transvaal as representative of Messrs. R. Hornsby and Sons, of Grantham, and erected a large number of first-reduction plants on the Rand.

From 1889 to 1893 he practised as a consulting engineer in Johannesburg, and then was appointed general manager of the Wolhuter Gold Mines.

This position he held until 1905, when he became consulting engineer to Sir Abe Bailey, K.C.M.G., the development of whose interests in Rhodesia he watched during the last few years of his life.

In 1902 he invented and brought out an atomizer for laying or settling the dust or pulverized rock created in the boring and blasting of holes, and soon afterwards he gained the £500 prize and gold medal given by the Transvaal Chamber of Mines, and open to the world, for the best means of preventing miners' phthisis.

His death took place at Johannesburg on 24th October 1910, at the age of fifty-two.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1895.


1911 Obituary [2]



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