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Conrad Abben Hanson

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Conrad Abben Hanson (c1817-1869)

1871 Obituary [1]

MR. CONRAD ABBEN HANSON, having been educated at a private school, commenced his professional career about 1837, under Mr. William Budden, secretary to Mr. Robert Stephenson, in his office on the London and Birmingham railway, and at Weedon; he then became secretary to Mr. G. W. Buck, at Manchester, on the Manchester and Birmingham railway.

After that line was finished, in 1843, he entered the service of Messrs. Bramah, Fox and Co. (subsequently Messrs. Fox, Henderson and Co.) at Smethwick, near Birmingham, and soon became head of the estimating department. He remained with that firm till after the completion of the Exhibition of 1851, to the opening of which at the stipulated time his untiring energy and perseverance contributed.

After leaving Birmingham he was connected with Price’s Patent Candle Company, and superintended much of the mechanical work executed on the premises.

In 1858 Mr. Hanson became secretary to Bray’s Traction Engine Company, and in 1860 he entered the service of Messrs. Waring Brothers as manager in the estimating department, where he had active occupation in practical matters, as well as in estimating, connected with the Pernambuco railway, the North London Extension railway, St. Pancras Railway Station, Hungarian railways &tc.

Mr. Hanson was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 4th of February, 1862.

He died on the 30th of December, 1869, aged fifty-two, greatly respected who knew him, and leaving a widow and six children.

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