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Michael Ratcliffe Barnett

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Michael Ratcliffe Barnett (1862- )

1922 M.Inst.C.E., M.I.E.S., Waterworks Engineer of the town of Keighley, Town Hall, Keighley, and Sowdens, Haworth, near Keighley, Yorkshire. T. N.: 51 Haworth. b. 1862, s. of James Barnett, Secretary Finlayson, Bousfield and Co., Ltd. Ed. Neilson Institution, Paisley, and Glasgow University. 1878-85—Pupil with Wm. Leslie, C.E., Glasgow. Attended Civil Engineering Course at the Glasgow University. Two years and a half Contractors' Resident Engineer on the Jamaica Government Railways, for Reid and Mackay, etc. i885-8—Assistant to the late James Wilson (then Engineer to the Greenock Waterworks). 1888-95—Resident Engineer on one of the Contracts for the construction of the Thirlmere Aqueduct for the Manchester Corporation Waterworks. 1894-8— Resident Engineer for the construction of the Nidd Aqueduct for the Bradford Corporation Waterworks. 1898-1900—Appointed by the Swansea Corporation Resident Engineer for their Cray Reservoir works. rwo-5—Engaged on the work connected with the laying of a second line of pipes, 48 inch and 44 inch diameter, from Thirlmere to Manchester, for the Manchester Corporation Waterworks. Also in charge of works connected with the maintenance and repairs 0'1 of the original line of Aqueduct. 1905-10—In private practice as a Civil Engineer in Glasgow. Engaged in the designing and carrying out of Waterworks and Sewage Disposal and Purification Schemes for towns of Lanark and Johnstone, etc., in Scotland. 1910-20—Engineer-in-Chief for the design and construction of the New Sladen Valley Waterworks Scheme for the additional Water Supply of Keighley and District. Also Waterworks Engineer for the town of Keighley, Yorkshire. Has been engaged as Consulting Engineer in matters of Water Supply and other Engineering questions. Publications: Paper on Waterworks (Thirlmere Aqueduct) before the Institution of Civil Engineers. "Company Drill" (The Keighley Printers Limited). War Services.—Lieutenant, 5th Volunteer Battalion (Duke of Wellington's) West Riding Regiment.

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