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Thornton Andrews (1836-1908)

1909 Obituary [1]

THORNTON ANDREWS, who died at Swansea on the 14th December, 1908, in his seventy-third year, had been over 50 years in the service of the Swansea Gas Company as Engineer and Manager.

Educated at the City of London School, he completed his studies at the Universities of Hanover and Gottingen, and returning to England in 1854, he entered the service of the Equitable Gas Light Company (since merged in the Gas Light and Coke Company’s undertaking), as assistant to the chief engineer, the late Mr. Hunter Jones.

In 1856 he obtained the appointment of Engineer and Manager to the Swansea Gas Company, which he retained until his death. During his tenure of office, the gas company’s business underwent considerable development.

In addition to his duties at Swansea, Mr. Andrews also at one period practised as a consulting engineer, and acted in this capacity in connection with the transfer and development of the gas undertakings at Tenby, Carmarthen, Briton Ferry, Aberavon, Neath, Port Talbot, Carnarvon, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Ryde and other places.

He was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 4th December, 1866, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 9th April, 1878.

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