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John Sinclair Pirrie

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John Sinclair Pirrie (1849-1896)


1896 Obituary [1]

JOHN SINCLAIR PIRRIE was born in Belfast on 3rd May 1853.

He served his apprenticeship from 1869 with Messrs. Harland and Wolff, Belfast, and with Messrs. James Jack, Rollo and Co., Liverpool.

On its termination he was employed by Messrs. Laird Brothers, Birkenhead; and to gain experience went to sea for three years as a marine engineer.

In 1876 he went to India to superintend the erection of compound surface-condensing engines and mill-gearing for Messrs. J. and E. Wood of Bolton, at the New Colaba Land and Mill Co.'s works in Bombay, and remained there for a year and a half as superintendent engineer. Subsequently for twelve mouths he was manager of the Byculla Engine Works, Bombay; and in 1878 became senior partner in the firm of Messrs. Fraser and Miller, Canute Iron Works, Bombay.

He returned to England in 1884, and entered into partnership in the firm of Timmins and Pirrie, London.

In 1891 he was appointed a director of the Austral Otis Elevator and Engineering Works, South Melbourne, Australia.

This position he held to the time of his death, which took place in Melbourne from heat apoplexy on 28th January 1896, in his forty-third year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1882.


1896 Obituary [2]



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