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Michael Lane (1802-1868) of Reading

1870 Obituary [1]

MR. MICHAEL LANE was born on the 26th of October, 1802, in London.

His professional career commenced at the Thames Tunnel in the year 1885, when he joined the staff of Sir M. I. Brunel (M. Inst. C.E.).

From 1832 to 1834 he was engaged at the Bristol Docks as Resident Engineer, under Mr. I. K. Brunel (V.P. Inst. C.E.), and from thence he was transferred to the Monkwearmouth Dock, Sunderland (north shore), which he carried out, also for Mr. Brunel, and where he remained until December, 1840.

He then first became connected with the Great Western railway, acting as an assistant to Mr. G. E. Frere, the Resident Engineer of the western division of that line; but two years later he accepted the appointment of Resident Engineer to the Hull Docks; which position he occupied until August, 1845, when he rejoined the Great Western Railway Company, and became superintendent of permanent way of a division of that line. He continued to be so engaged for a period of fourteen years ; when, on the retirement of Mr. Bertram (M. Inst. C.E.), at the close of 1860, subsequent to the death of Mr. Brunel, Mr. M. Lane was made the Engineer to the company, and retained that office to the day of his death, on the 27th of February, 1868, in his sixty-sixth year.

It is said that for the last five years he had been more or less troubled with Bright’s disease, and had been enjoined not to overtax his powers. He had the reputation of possessing a thoroughly practical knowledge of the details of the execution of public works, and as a man was much esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances for his kindliness of disposition combined with honesty and integrity.

His remains were interred at Kensal Green cemetery, where a large number of the officers and staff of the company, in whose service he had spent so many years of his life, assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to their departed colleague.

He was elected a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 5th of February, 1861.

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