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'96 Group
C0191 · Corporate body · Established 1954

The '96 Group was formed under the aegis of the Royal Technical College Staff Club in February 1954 to ensure the collection and preservation of the records of the College and its forebears, and to encourage interest in the College's history. It was formed in preparation for the bicentenary of the College, in 1996.

P0416 · Person · b. 1923

Norbert Abeles was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923. Following the incorporation of Austria into Germany under the Anschluss, he fled to the United Kingdom in December 1938 where he attended a farm school for refugees. He was transferred to Glasgow in 1941, where he completed an engineering apprenticeship and enrolled at the Royal Technical College (RTC) as a full-time student in session 1947-1948, qualifying for the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (1948). He was granted a Naturalisation Certificate by the Home Office on 2 February 1948. After working in the aircraft industry in England for two years, Abeles returned to Glasgow and took a further year of study at the RTC to qualify for its Associateship in Mechanical Engineering (1952), plus a BSc (Hons) in Engineering from the University of London (1951). He then became an Assistant Lecturer at the Constantine College in Middlesborough, England. In 1956, having joined Her Majesty's Overseas Civil Service, he took up the post of Head of the Mechanical Engineering Section at the Yaba Technical Institute (later renamed the Yaba College of Technology) in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was promoted to Acting Vice Principal. Abeles left Yaba in 1964 and registered with the Resettlement Bureau of the UK Ministry of Overseas Development, briefly serving as Lecturer in Charge of Mechanical Engineering at the South Australian Institute of Technology in Whyalla, Australia, from April 1965 to November 1966. He then become Head of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering department at the Kenya Polytechnic, in Nairobi, Kenya, where he progressed to Acting Principal. In December 1968, he was transferred to the post of Principal at Mombasa Technical Institute (later renamed Mombasa Polytechnic). Abeles left Mombasa in 1972 and took up a one-year United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) appointment at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He subsequently accepted a second UNESCO post on a Teaching Aids project in Lagos, where he was charged with overseeing the maintenance of the science equipment in the Federal secondary schools throughout the Federation of Nigeria, designing new equipment and training counterparts. From 1976-1979, he was employed as a training manager for the Dunlop (Nigeria) Ltd factory near Lagos, and from 1976-1983 he worked on a partnership project between the International Labour Organization and the Ministry of Labour in Lilongwe, Malawi to encourage entrepreneurship, improve the training of technicians and craftsmen and to train counterparts. When this particular contract ended, he remained in Malawi and spent two years as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Malawi Polytechnic. He then worked in private industry in Lilongwe before retiring, aged 69, in 1992 and moving with his family to Nkhotakota, Lake Malawi.

P0057 · Person · 1929-1973

Samuel Abrines was educated at Marr College, Troon. This was followed by a year at Glasgow School of Art and then national service in the RAF. Afterwards, he studied economics at the University of Glasgow, receiving an MA in 1955.

After university, he worked in insurance for two years and then taught geography at Bellshill Academy. In 1962, he became lecturer in industrial administration at the Scottish College of Commerce, a post he continued to hold at the University of Strathclyde.

Abrines also acted as a consultant on industrial relations and the implications of equal pay for women.

P0672 · Person

Irene Addie was a founding member of the Scottish Countryside Activities Council as well as being a member of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club, the National Trust for Scotland and the Cairngorms Campaign. An orthopaedic nurse and physiotherapist, she also acted as camping and outdoor activities adviser to the Girl Guides Association and was a ski patroller.

P1232 · Person · 1868-1946

Architect and town planner, born at Bowden Vale, Cheshire, 8 March 1868. After the first Town Planning Act in 1909, he became the first editor of the Town Planning Review, which promoted formal design in place of garden city vernacular. In September 1914, he became the first Professor of Town Planning at University College, London. He died 11 April 1946 in Hampshire.