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Arthur Edward Williams

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Arthur Edward Williams ( -1931)

1931 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR EDWARD WILLIAMS had been engaged in consulting engineering since 1905, for many years with offices in the City. His work took him far afield: he visited the Himalayas to advise as to aerial tramways for timber transport near Darjeeling, and the Caucasus in Central Europe in the interests of the Caucasus Copper Mining Company.

After the War he returned to New Zealand, where he was born in 1869 and educated, and he took a keen interest in the work of harbour development at Napier, where he was a member of the Harbour Board for some years. His early training was obtained in England.

Upon leaving Christ College, Christchurch, New Zealand, he entered Cambridge University and graduated as B.A. in mathematics in 1891.

He was then a pupil to Mr. H. Graham Harris of Messrs. Bramwell and Harris, and his experience included the testing of refrigerating machinery.

In 1894 he was appointed to take charge of the engine-room at the frozen meat warehouse at Nelson's Wharf, Lambeth, of the Colonial Consignment and Distributing Company, and three years later took charge of the building, equipment, and setting to work of the frozen meat store at Mode Wheel on the Manchester Ship Canal.

From 1899 to 1903 he was chief engineer to Messrs. G. Nelson, Dale and Company, gelatine manufacturers, of Warwick, and from 1903 to 1905 manager of the Farringdon Works of Messrs. H. Pontifex and Company, makers of refrigerating and brewers' machinery.

Mr. Williams became a Graduate of the Institution in 1892, an Associate Member in 1895, and a Member in 1907.

He died on 2nd May 1930.

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