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Bernard Sankey

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Bernard Sankey (1878-1930)


1930 Obituary [1]

BERNARD SANKEY was general manager and chief engineer of the electricity department of the City of Johannesburg, and was largely responsible for the new power station which will shortly have generating capacity of 30,000 kw.

He acquired his early experience in the electrical undertakings of the Corporation of Worksop, and at Mansfield, and was afterwards appointed electrical engineer to the Whitehaven Corporation.

After seven years' service at Whitehaven, Mr. Sankey went to South Africa to take up the appointment of chief assistant electrical engineer of the Municipality of Port Elizabeth and later went to Johannesburg to take charge of the electricity and tramways departments. These were shortly afterwards divided and Mr. Sankey took charge of the electricity department. He supported the City Council in its determination to retain the generation of its electricity supplies in its own hands and was largely responsible for the reduced cost of electricity which has been effected.

He became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1906 and was transferred to full Membership in 1914. He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

His death occurred on 12th January 1930. He was born in Surrey in 1878.




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