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Thomas Moyles Bigley

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Thomas Moyles Bigley (1849-1905)

1906 Obituary [1]

THOMAS MOYLES BIGLEY, born on the 29th March, 1849, commenced his professional career in the office of Mr. Frank Hornblower, of Liverpool, who designed Sefton Park, adjacent to the city, on the construction and laying out of which Mr. Bigley was engaged.

On completing his articles in 1869, Mr. Bigley acted for Messrs. Kirk and Parry as an assistant engineer on the Liverpool Central Station contract, and subsequently as Resident Engineer, under the late Mr. William Smith, of Bangor, on the construction of a section of the Bala and Festiniog Railway.

In 1879 he engaged in private practice at Castle Street, Liverpool, and during the succeeding 25 years he was consulted in connection with numerous engineering undertakings of a varied nature carried out in the Liverpool district and North Wales. He designed and built reservoirs, filter-beds and other works on the line of the Vyrnwy water-supply, for private clients; carried out extensive surveys and building operations as Consulting Engineer to the Scottish Equitable Life Assurance Society and other bodies ; and acquired considerable experience in designing and adapting motive power for electric-light installations.

In 1893 he published a book entitled, "Vyrnwy and Thirlmere; or two great Water Schemes.’’

He died on the 23rd April, 1905, aged 56.

Mr. Bigley was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 6th December, 1887.

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