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Francis Rummens

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Francis Rummens (c1811-1893)

1893 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS RUMENS died on July 18 last, at the age of eighty-two years.

Early in life Mr. Rummens was connected with railway work, his first contract, which lasted some years, being with the Great Western Railway Company.

He afterwards resided for some years in Liverpool, during which time he was engaged in superintending works on the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, on the completion of which, in 1851, he returned to London.

Shortly after his return to London, he, in conjunction with Mr. Edward Price, undertook the construction of a railway and two bridges over the Nile between Alexandria and Cairo.

On his return from Egypt he undertook several important contracts for the Great Northern Railway Company and the Metropolitan Railway Company. He also constructed various railway works in Ireland.

He became interested in the Park Gate Iron and Steel Company, Limited, on the transference to that Company of the Park Gate Works from Messrs. Samuel Beale & Company in 1864, and was elected a director in 1868. His large experience and sound judgment proved of great value to the Company in all their undertakings.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1870.

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