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Richard Henesey

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Richard Henesey (1837-1892)

of Donald Henesey and Couper, Ripon Iron Works, Prere Road, Bombay; and 3 Beckett Terrace, Uxbridge.


1893 Obituary [1]

RICHARD HENESEY was born in County Cavan, Ireland, on 25th February 1837.

From 1851 to 1858 he served an apprenticeship with Messrs. W. G. Armstrong and Co., Elswick Engine Works; after which he remained there for three years as a journeyman.

In 1862 he went to the United States, and was employed for four years and a half at the Providence Engine Works, Rhode Island, of which he became foreman, and was principally engaged in charge of erecting machinery and engines there, and at Boston and New York.

On the closing of the works in 1868 he returned to England, but soon left for Bombay, where he became manager of Messrs. Fraser and Miller's Carnac Iron Works.

In 1870 he was appointed superintending engineer to Messrs. Nicol and Co., Byculla Iron Works, Bombay, and afterwards to their successors, Messrs. Richardson and Cruddas, at the same works.

After having held that position for thirteen years, in March 1883 he entered into partnership with Messrs. Donald and Couper, under the name of Messrs. Donald, Henesey, and Couper, Ripon Iron Works, Bombay; but in December 1884 he retired from the firm, and returned to England shortly afterwards.

After spending three year at Uxbridge, he went out again to Bombay in 1888, and became general manager to Messrs. Gahagan and Co. up to the time of his death, which took place at Bombay on 21st September 1892, in the fifty-sixth year of his age.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1878.


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