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John Bourne (c1813- ), civil engineer
c.1813 Born in Dublin, Ireland
1833 Left Aberdeen, moving to Caird and Co of Glasgow where he developed ideas about the varying the lap in valves of steam engines and developed a method of reversing engines.
1840 With his father, observed the trials of the Penn engines in the Lotos of P&O on the Nile.
of Hutchesontown Engine-Works in Glasgow
1846 December. Surveyor for the East Indian Railway who opposed their plans and unsettled some of the directors of the company by advocating that a single track line laid upon part of the Grand Trunk road was all that was required and that the 150 miles from Calcutta could never be profitable. Advertisement: 'RAILWAYS IN INDIA. This day, price 6d., LETTER to the SHAREHOLDERS of the EAST INDIAN and GREAT WESTERN of BENGAL RAILWAYS, on their Present Position and Future Prospects. By One of Themselves. London: Smith, and Co., 65. Cornhill.'     Note: In the second edition he gives his name.
1849 A report to the "Committee for the establishment of steam navigation on the rivers of India" by John Bourne C.E. proposed a scheme for construction of craft which could use the engines of Messrs James Watt and Co in the shallow waters of the River Ganges
Later he became an authority on the literature of the steam-engine.
1851 A visitor at 11 Upper Woburn Place, St Pancras: John Bourne (age 38 born Dublin), Civil Engineer and Unmarried. In the house of Alexander Dunn (age 26 born Aberdeen), a Stone Merchant, and his brother David Dunn (age 20 born Aberdeen), Civil Engineer. One servant.
1851 The Artisan Club published "A Treatise on the Steam Engine", edited by John Bourne
1856 Published in one volume "Catechism on the Steam Engine
1856/59 John Bourne Esq, of 9 Billiter Street, late of John Bourne and Co of Glasgow and Greenock, was managing director of the Oriental Inland Steam Co Ltd, established for the navigation of the rivers of India, which doubled its capital.  
1865 Published a treatise on the "Screw Propeller"
1867 The Oriental Inland Steam Co was wound up
1872 of 66, Mark Lane, London, E.C.
1881 Appointed Principal of the new College of Practical Engineering, Muswell Hill.
1881 Lodger at 21 Richmond Road, Kensington, London; John Bourne (age 68 born Ireland), Electrical and Mechanical Engineer. Unmarried.
1883 Advertised places at the College
1890 Wrote to The Engineer setting out his ideas about navigating the rivers of India
1894 A John Bourne, engineer, died in Dublin; is this the same person?