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Thomas Percy Gunyon

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Thomas Percy Gunyon (1854-1906)

1906 Obituary [1]

THOMAS PERCY GUNYON, born on the 4th March, 1854, was educated privately for the engineering profession, and served his pupilage to the late Sir Joseph Bazalgette, C.B., Past-President.

At the expiration of his pupilage in 1872, he entered the Engineer’s Department of the Metropolitan Board of Works, and afterwards, under the Chief Engineer, took charge of the subways vested in the Board and its successors, and of the working of the Electric Lighting Acts and Orders.

At the advent of the London County Council, Mr. Gunyon also dealt for some considerable time with engineering matters arising under the various Tramways Acts and in connection with the housing-schemes promoted by the Council. He also carried out in a highly satisfactory manner the electric lighting of Claybury Asylum. The electric lighting of the Victoria Embankment, the central and other offices, the fire-brigade stations, and many other places, was also carried out under Mr. Gunyon’s direction; and he was the principal inspector of electric-lighting arrangements at all London theatres and other places of public amusement. He also rendered good service to the Council in connection with electrical subjects before Committees of Parliament and at Board of Trade inquiries.

Mr. Gunyon died, after a short but painful illness, on the 13th June, 1906, at the comparatively early age of 52. His genial disposition and readiness at all times to advise and assist others earned for him the respect and esteem of his colhgues and subordinates.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution on the 25th May, 1880.

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