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Edward Furness

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Edward Furness (1843-1899) of Metropolitan Buildings, G3 Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C.


1899 Obituary [1]

EDWARD FURNESS was born in London on 29th September 1843.

He served his time for six years in London with Messrs. D. and A. Derrin, engineers, by whom he was afterwards employed to superintend outdoor work, and as a draughtsman.

After then spending some time with Messrs. Randolph, Elder and Co., Glasgow, he returned to Messrs. Derrin, to take charge of some work for Sir Henry Bessemer.

He was afterwards employed for eight years as head draughtsman and managing engineer with Messrs. H. O. Robinson and Co., sugar machinery engineers, London, for whom he was engaged in designing, carrying out, and reporting upon sugar works, marine work, and general engineering.

Then for several years he practised in London as a consulting engineer, designing sewage pumping engines, sugar machinery, and a good deal of machinery for Bombay and the Cape.

About 1882 he became connected with Messrs. Easton and Anderson of Erith; and later with Messrs. Pontifex and Wood in London.

On the removal of the works of this firm to Derby in 1893, he resumed private experimental work of his own, and latterly started a business at Gravesend, where through failing health his death took place on 10th October 1899, at the age of fifty-six.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.


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