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Richard Arthur Webster

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Richard Arthur Webster (1874-1927)

1927 Obituary [1]

RICHARD ARTHUR WEBSTER was born in Yorkshire in 1874 and apprenticed at the Tees Side Iron and Engine Works.

He afterwards served a pupilage with Mr. Walter E. Wood of Middlesbrough and in 1895 was appointed assistant manager and head draughtsman to the Clarke's Crank and Forge and Oil Engine Company, Lincoln.

In the following year he went to India and became engaged on the first of the long series of public works that occupied the greater part of his professional life. After three years with a tea company and as assistant to a consulting engineer, he entered the service of the public works department, Cape Colony.

In 1903 he was appointed town engineer to the Krugersdorp Municipality, and in 1914 chief engineer on the Baroda irrigation scheme, which involved the construction of two weirs across the Great Fish River.

In 1915 he returned to England and superintended the construction of the new works for Messrs. George Kent of Luton.

Seven years later he was concerned with the development of Port Wisbech and during the last two years of his life he was resident engineer for Dr. H. Lapworth on the New Bratch water scheme for the supply of water to Bilston.

Mr. Webster, who died on 30th March 192T, became a Member of the Institution in 1917.

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