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George Richardson Strachan (1856-1907)
1908 Obituary 
GEORGE RICHARDSON STRACHAN, son of the late Mr. Allan Strachan, of Howden, was born on the 9th November, 1856, at Newcastle-on-Tyne, where he was educated and received his training, under Mr. J. T. Naylor, for the engineering profession.
His early experience was gained in the municipal branch of engineering, as Assistant Surveyor of Burton-on-Trent from 1879 to 1882, Surveyor of Chiswick until 1884, and Surveyor of Chelsea from 1884 to 1889.
He then joined the staff of the late Mr. James Mansergh, Past-President, becoming Chief Assistant, and eventually a partner in the firm.
In 1902 he engaged in independent practice, which he carried on in Westminster until his death, after a few months' illness, on the 20th September, 1907, aged 51.
Mr. Strachan's professional record is practically confined to sanitary engineering and water-supplies, in which, however, he had a very extensive experience, and gained a considerable reputation. He was associated with most of the important works carried out by Mr. Mansergh, and he was personally responsible for water-supply and sewerage undertakings at the First Garden City, Broadstairs, Croydon, Fleetwood, Maidstone, Bury St. Edmunds, Dorking, and other towns, as well as for the drainage and sewerage of many estates and institutions. He prepared reports on the water-supply or sewerage of a number of towns and districts, and was frequently retained in connection with arbitrations, to give evidence, and to make valuations. Mr. Strachan was a Fellow of the Royal Sanitary Institute and a Member of the Association of Waterworks Engineers.
He was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 12th January, 1886, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 27th November, 1894. In 1896 he contributed a Paper on "Sewer-Ventilation," to the Proceedings.