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Gardiner Mitchell

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Gardiner Mitchell (c1882-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"GARDINER MITCHELL, whose death occurred in his sixty-sixth year on 24th February 1948, was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1907 and was transferred to Associate Member ship in 1909, and to Membership in 1916. He was the author of a paper in 1921 on "Conveying and Elevating Machinery". He received his technical education at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen, and served a five years' apprenticeship in the same city with the Singer Manufacturing Co, on the conclusion of which, in 1902, he was made chief of the machine department. After a short appointment as head of the mechanical department for the Smith Premier Typewriter Company, Ltd., he began, in 1905, a long connection with Messrs. Barry, Henry and Company, Ltd., of Aberdeen. Entering the firm's drawing office as a junior he was promoted four years later to the post of chief draughtsman and in 1916 was appointed assistant general manager. In this capacity he was responsible for the design and manufacture of a large and varied range of machinery for the use of industries differing widely in their requirements. In addition, during the war of 1914-18, he had charge of the shell factory.

He also found time to be a lecturer on engineering subjects at Robert Gordon's College and at Inverurie over a long period of years, beginning in 1902. Mr. Mitchell severed his connection with Messrs. Barry, Henry and Company, and in 1929 went to Birmingham, where he took up an appointment as assistant works and labour manager to Messrs. H. Hope and Sons, Halford Works, Smethwick."

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