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James Evans Griffiths

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James Evans Griffiths (1846-1899)

1899 Obituary [1]

JAMES EVANS GRIFFITHS was born at Llangibby, near Newport, Monmouthshire, on 18th April 1846.

He commenced serving his time as an engineer in the Great Western Railway shops, Swindon, under Mr. John V. Gooch, in September 1861, and remained there until March 1865, when he went to Cardiff to complete his apprenticeship in the Taff Vale Railway works under Mr. Joseph Tomlinson, where he served until April 1867. During this period he was employed in the various shops, both repairing and building engines, and also for some time in the drawing offices.

On the expiry of his apprenticeship, he continued in the same employ as journeyman until April 1868; and then joined a steamship as engineer, and remained at sea until May 1873, serving in the position of second and after wards of chief engineer. Having obtained a first-class certificate, in May 1873 he joined Messrs. Lace and Son, engineers, Cardiff, until May 1878, when he started in practice as a consulting engineer at Cardiff, and latterly was senior partner in the firm of Messrs. Griffiths and James, Cardiff.

His death took place there on 15th July 1899 at the age of fifty-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.

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