Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer. William Anderson was born in St Petersburg on 5 Jan 1834, the fourth son of John Anderson, a merchant and banker in that city. After studying in the Applied Sciences Department of King's College, London, and serving his pupilage at the works of Sir WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN  WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN in Manchester, Anderson began his business life in 1855 at the firm of Courtney, Stephens & Co. of the Blackhall Place Ironworks, Dublin. His work in Dublin included designing many appliances for railway signalling and several cranes. During his stay in Ireland he injured his right arm in an accident at Mssrs. Manders' Brewery.

Anderson returned to England in 1864 to join the firm of Easton and Amos of Erith. After a distinguished career in England and abroad, for which see Oxford DNB and his obituary in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 135 (1898-9), Pt. 1, 320-326, he was appointed director general of the Royal Ordnance factories at Woolwich Arsenal. He was knighted in 1897 and died on 11 December 1898.

ICEI: elected associate, 1856;(1) vice-president (with BINDON BLOOD STONEY BINDON BLOOD STONEY ), 1863-1866; president, 1867,1868.
Inst.CE: elected member, 12 January 1869; member of council, 1886; vice-president, 1896.



All information in this entry not otherwise attributed is from the obituary of Anderson in Min.Proc.Inst.CE 135 (1898-9), Pt. 1, 320-326.

(1) ICEI membership applications, I, 15.

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Nature: WA contractor for ironwork for same.
Refs: William Anderson, 'On the reconstruction of the Malahide Viaduct', TICEI 7 (1862), 44 (reprinted in Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 28 (1,1 Apr Mar 1865), 70-72,117-120).

Author Title Date Details
Anderson, William 'On beams and girder bridges' 1857 TICEI 5 (1857), 116,121,143.
Anderson, William 'Description of a Joint Chair for Bridge Rails, designed by Marcus Harty…engineer to the Dublin & Drogheda Railway' 1859 TICEI 6 (1859), 187.
Anderson, William 'On a new method of shoring adopted in removing the two lower floors of the Royal Bank, Dublin' 1859 TICEI 5 (1859), 183.
Anderson, William 'Description of a six-ton crane at the Pigeon House Fort, Dublin' 1859 TICEI 6 (1859), 188.
Anderson, William 'On the re-construction of the Malahide Viaduct' 1862 Paper read to ICEI, 12 Mar 1862, published in TICEI 7 (1861-1863), 44-67,  DB 4, 1,15 May,1 Jun 1862, 107,119,139 and Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 28, 1 Mar,1 Apr 1865), 70-72,117-120. 
Anderson, William 'On the re-construction of the Malahide Viaduct' 1862 TICEI 7 (1862), 44; (reprinted in Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal 28(1 Mar 1865), 70-72). 
Anderson, William 'On the reclaimed lands at Wexford Harbour' 1862 TICEI 7 (1862), 102.
Anderson, William 'On railway bridges of small span' 1865 TICEI 8 (1865), 38.
Anderson, William 'Description of a twenty ton crane' 1867 TICEI 8 (1867), 167.
Anderson, William 'On hydraulic machinery for obtaining small motive power' 1869 TICEI 9 (1869), 78.
Anderson, William 'Record of some Experiments on Heating Water and Condensing steam' 1869 TICEI 9 (1869), 88.