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Alfred Hargreaves Gowenlock

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Alfred Hargreaves Gowenlock (c1835-1882)


1883 Obituary [1]

ALFRED HARGREAVES GOWENLOCK was born in Manchester; but on Swindon being made a station and depot of the Great Western Railway his parents removed thither, and he received a good practical education in the workshops and drawing office of the Great Western Railway Co., where he acquired considerable proficiency as a mechanic.

After attaining the age of twenty-one he left Swindon to go to Deptford as the draughtsman of an engineering firm there. From thence he went to Messrs. Sharp Stewart and Co., Manchester; but after a few months he left to become chief engineer of the Assam Tea Co.

After remaining there some time he decided to go to Calcutta, where he soon made himself known as a first-class practical engineer.

About the year 1862 he became a partner in the firm of Jessop and Co., engineers and ironfounders, Calcutta, and remained in that business until his death, which occurred at Dulwich on 25th May 1882, at the age of forty-seven years. At that time he had been for some years the sole owner of the business, having survived all his partners. During his connection with the firm they executed many important works for government and private firms, and also for the rulers of independent native states.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1871.


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