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Herbert George Huxley

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Herbert George Huxley (1847-1893)

1893 Obituary [1]

HERBERT GEORGE HUXLEY, son of Mr. William Thomas Huxley, was born in London on the 10th of March, 1847.

In 1865 he was articled for five years to Richard Moreland and Son of Old Street, St. Luke’s, where he gained a practical knowledge of mechanical engineering both in the workshops and in the drawing-office.

On the expiration of his pupilage he went to Ireland for two years to take charge of the construction of the Navan and Kingscourt Railway for the contractor, Mr. John Edwards, of Dublin.

After the completion of that line Mr. Huxley was engaged from 1873 to 1877 for Telford Macneill and Co in superintending - in conjunction with the late W. J. Maxwell - the construction of the Beyrout Waterworks in Syria. In spite of many difficulties the works were successfully carried out, chiefly by native workmen, the supply being obtained from the Nahr-el- Kelb, or Dog River, to the source of which caverns, extending for miles underground, conveyed melted snow from the mountains of Lebanon.

On returning from Syria in 1877 Mr. Huxley undertook the management of the Steam Cooperage and Vat Co’s works at Whitechapel, which post involved the maintenance in working order of a large amount of machinery....[more]

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