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Thomas Kershaw (1840-1899)

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Thomas Kershaw (1840-1899)

1899 Obituary [1]

THOMAS KERSHAW was born at Oldham on 2nd August 1840.

After serving his time 1854-56 to Messrs. James Milnes and Co., Oldham, he was employed 1856-61 in the works of Messrs. Asa Lees and Co., machinists, Oldham, and as journeyman fitter 1861-68 at Messrs. Platt's, Hartford Old Works, Oldham.

Then for a year and a half he was estimating clerk and draughtsman in a builder's office and works; and afterwards for two years and a half carried on business in Oldham as an architect on his own account.

From 1866 he was a student in science classes in Oldham for seven years.

From 1868 he was teacher of mechanical science under the Science and Art Department at Manchester, Ashton, Stalybridge, Todmorden, Glodwick and Werneth, Oldham, Elland, and Huddersfield; and in 1869 was selected to superintend teachers' classes in Huddersfield for the Yorkshire Board of Education.

From 1886 he was permanently engaged as head of the engineering department in the Technical School, Huddersfield.

His death took place at Huddersfield on 23rd January 1899, at the age of fifty-eight.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1893, and of the Society of Architects in 1888.

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