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Donald Macdonald

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Donald Macdonald (1858-1922)

1923 Obituary [1]

DONALD MACDONALD was born in Glasgow on 24th April 1858, and was educated at Morningside Public School, Paisley, and the Glasgow Technical College.

His apprenticeship was served with Messrs. Denny and Co., Dumbarton.

In 1878 he was appointed junior engineer on one of Messrs. Jardine, Matheson and Co.'s steamers on the China coast, becoming chief engineer in 1882.

Seven years later he joined the Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Co., Ltd., as foreman engineer, and gave up that post in 1896 to establish the firm of Kinghorn and Macdonald (now Macdonald and Co.).

He also acted as Surveyor to the Bureau Veritas, British Corporation, and other Registers.

Mr. Macdonald retired from Hong Kong in 1919, and died at Virginia Water, Surrey, on 5th November 1922, in his sixty-fifth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1904; and founded the Institute of Marine Engineers and Shipbuilders in Hong Kong, of which he was at one time the President.

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