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Arthur Boden Coley

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Arthur Boden Coley (c1863-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR BODEN COLEY received his technical education at Hartley College, Southampton, and served his apprenticeship from 1878 to 1884 with Messrs. Summers and Company, Ltd. He then sailed for fifteen years in mail steamers of the Union Steamship Company, rising to be chief engineer and obtaining his Board of Trade first-class Engineer's Certificate. In 1899 he received an appointment as engineer-in-chief of the De Beers Consolidated Company's Woodstock cold storage, South Africa, and three years later was appointed consulting engineer in connection with other cold storage undertakings of that company.

On vacating this appointment in 1907, he returned to England and became consulting engineer to the International Cold Storage Company, of Southampton, for whom he continued to act for some years. In addition, in 1911 he acquired a consulting practice in London with varied interests at home and abroad. Since 1919 he had been consulting engineer and managing director to the Sussex Cold Storage Company, Ltd., of Brighton, and during his twenty-four years' association with that company had ample scope for his organizing ability. Mr. Coley, whose death in his eighty-first year occurred on 25th February 1944, shortly after his retirement, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1912.

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