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James Mark Black (1852-1898)
1898 Obituary 
JAMES MARK BLACK was born at Middlesbrough on 9th August 1852, and received his education from 1858 to 1864 in the British School, Middlesbrough.
From 1864 to 1866 he was employed as a clerk on the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
Emigrating to New South Wales he served three years from 1866 to 1869 in the engine shop of Mr. J. Wardrop, Sydney; and returning to England he served three years more in the engine shop of Messrs. Cochrane and Co., Ormesby Iron Works, Middlesbrough.
He was then employed for ten years from 1872 to 1882 as chargeman, and also as a guarantee marine engineer, by Messrs. Thomas Richardson and Son, Hartlepool. During this period he obtained on 31st December 1875 a first-class Board of Trade certificate of competency.
From 1882 he was in the employment of the marine department, Board of Trade, as an engineer and shipwright surveyor, engineer examiner, and inspector under the Boiler Explosions Act, being stationed first at Liverpool until 1887, and afterwards at Londonderry, where he acted also as assistant emigration officer.
His death took place there on 9th August 1898, at the age of forty-six, after a short illness.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1897.