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Dugald Cameron

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Dugald Cameron (c1870-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

DUGALD CAMERON was a director of the Singer Manufacturing Company, Ltd., of Clydebank, with which firm he was associated for a total of forty-four years. He was born at Strontian, Argyllshire, and served his apprenticeship from 1888 to 1893 with Messrs. James Donald and Son, engineers, of Johnstone.

In the latter year he became a fitter at the Clydebank works of the Singer Manufacturing Company and in 1895 he was made assistant foreman. From 1899 to 1913 he was foreman in charge of various departments. He was then appointed factory superintendent, and in 1915 manager, of the company's works at St. Johns, in the Province of Quebec, Canada, where 1,000 men were employed; in 1920 he returned to Clydebank and was made works superintendent of the Kilbowie Factory, which was designed to employ 14,000 workers and to produce 30,000 sewing machines per week.

He was responsible for supply of materials and labour, and for the design of the special machine tools, appliances, and gauges required. Mr. Cameron was made a director in 1929. From July 1935, in addition to his duties at Clydebank, he took charge of the installation of plant for the production of sewing machines at the company's new factories at Monza, Italy, and at Bonnieres-sur-Seine, France.

Mr. Cameron's death occurred on 25th July 1937, in his sixty-seventh year. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1923.

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