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Edward John Way

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Edward John Way (1866-1939) possibly Edward James Way


1939 Obituary [1]

"EDWARD JOHN WAY spent most of his life in South Africa as a mining engineer. He was born in 1866 at Alphington, near Exeter, Devon, and he received his education at Hatcham School and London University. He then served an apprenticeship with Messrs. Wigner and Harland, mining engineers, London, with whom he studied chemistry, metallurgy, and mining engineering, and with Sir William Armstrong at Newcastle.

In 1887 he was appointed resident engineer to the Transvaal Gold Exploration and Land Company, Ltd., now known as the Transvaal Gold Mining Estates, and he remodelled this company's works by replacing steam power by water power. He held this post for five years, at the same time acting as consulting engineer for other works in the neighbourhood.

In 1892 he was appointed general manager of the Eastleigh Mines. In 1893 he joined Mr. John Hays Hammond, consulting engineer to Consolidated Gold Fields, and in 1894 he became general manager of the Goch Gold Mines. In this position he was responsible for large constructional work as well as the running of the mine. In 1898 he was appointed general manager and consulting engineer to the Kleinfontein Group, and he held this position until 1924. He had technical control of the ten mines belonging to this company, and he designed new plant and mine works for them. During part of this period he also acted as consulting engineer to various other mining companies. From 1896 to 1910 he was a member of the Transvaal Government Commission for the Examination of Mine Managers and Overseers, and he was president of the South African Institution of Engineers in the year 1913-14. In 1923 he went to the U.S.A., and in 1926 he was appointed consulting engineer to various gold mining properties and concessions in British West Africa. During the Boer War he served for two years as a captain in the Mines Division, Rand Rifles. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1902, and in 1907 he contributed a paper to the PROCEEDINGS entitled "Labour-Saving Appliances at the Mines of the New Kleinfontein Co, Transvaal". He was also a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and at one time he served on the Council of that body. He died suddenly on 6th February 1939."


1939 Obituary [2]



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