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Thomas Robson

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Thomas Robson (1836-1890)

Son of Thomas Emerson Forster

1866 Thomas Robson, Mining Engineer, Lumley Colliery, Fence Houses.[1]

1890 January 17th. Died.[2]


1890 Obituary [3]

THOMAS ROBSON was born at Rainton in the county of Durham on 2nd December 1836.

He was a pupil of the late Mr. Thomas Emerson Forster, a mining engineer of considerable practice in the counties of Durham and Northumberland, under whom he subsequently held appointments at Framwellgate Moor Colliery in Durham, and at Wylam Colliery in Northumberland.

About twenty-six years ago he was appointed mining engineer for the Earl of Durham's Lumley Collieries, which position he held up to the time of his death.

About 1873 he opened out a colliery in Queen's County, Ireland, which gave employment to a number of persons, thereby adding materially to the prosperity of the district in which the colliery was situated, and considerably alleviating the depression which at that time was much felt in agricultural pursuits.

His abilities as a mining engineer were of the highest order; and, though not specially identified with any invention connected with his calling, he was regarded as being in the front rank of his profession.

He was for many years chairman of the Chester-le-Street Board of Guardians, and was also a member of the Durham County Council.

He died at Lumley Thicks on 17th January 1890, of cerebral haemorrhage, at the age of fifty-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1866.



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