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Thomas Guthrie

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Thomas Guthrie (1868-1932)


1932 Obituary [1]

THOMAS GUTHRIE spent much of his earlier career in Burma. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Douglas and Grant of Kirkcaldy, from 1884 until 1890, he became an assistant engineer with Messrs. Steel Brothers and Company of London, who later sent him to Burma to take charge of their works in certain districts.

In 1896 he was promoted to be superintending engineer and was made responsible for all the firm's Indian property, which included rice and saw mills, workshops, and launches. Mr. Guthrie designed and erected four new rice mills, and when one of them was burnt down the design and erection of a new mill with its machinery was carried out by him in less than twelve months.

In 1907 he returned to Scotland in retirement, and some time later became a director of the firm of Messrs. William Little and Sons of Edinburgh.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1908.

He was born at Hawick in 1868, and his death occurred on 23rd January 1932.


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