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Reginald Eaton Ellis

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Reginald Eaton Ellis (1861-1934)


1934 Obituary [1]

REGINALD EATON ELLIS was born in 1861 and received his education at Winchester College from 1875 to 1878. He then studied engineering at King's College, London.

In 1881 he was articled to Mr. Lancaster Owen, chief engineer to the Great Western Railway.

After the completion of his apprenticeship in 1884 he remained with the company for a further two years and then joined Messrs. Cochrane, Grove and Company, of Middlesbrough, and was engaged on the construction of the bridge at Rochester.

In 1887 he was appointed assistant engineer to the Madras Railway and was in charge of the construction of the Penner Bridge, consisting of fourteen spans, each of 140 feet.

Subsequently he was appointed engineer in charge of a bridge over the Panpaghni River, which consisted of seventeen 140-foot spans.

He became engineer and vice-president of the Madras Municipal Commission in 1891, and designed the Moore Market, named after Sir George Moore, the president, for whom he acted when the latter was on leave. On one occasion he also acted as sanitary engineer to the Government of Madras.

In addition he was appointed with Sir Harold Stewart to take the census of Madras.

He returned to England in 1900 and became a partner in Messrs. J. C. Chapman and Company, consulting engineers and patent agents, and later joined Messrs. Mewburn, Ellis and Company, solicitors and chartered patent agents, with whom he remained until his death on 19th April 1934.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1901.


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