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George Alexander Stewart

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George Alexander Stewart (1878-1950)

1952 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE ALEXANDER STEWART was the principal of Messrs. Stewart, Sviridov and Oliver, Johannesburg, consulting engineers, and spent most of his engineering career in South Africa. Born in Fochabers, Morayshire, in 1878, he received his education at Milne's Institution, Fochabers, and Edinburgh and Kirkcaldy Technical Schools. He served a pupilage under Mr. W. D. Lang and subsequently gained further practical experience with other engineers in Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, and Johannesburg, as assistant. He then received the appointment of city and electrical engineer to the municipality of Bloemfontein and held this position for twelve years. During this period he acted as consultant to various other municipalities and was joint consulting engineer to the Rand Water Board in connection with the Vaal River Barrage.

After two years as a director in the firm of Blane and Co, Johannesburg, where he was in charge of hydraulic equipment, he began to practise as a consulting engineer and, either singly or jointly with his partners, was responsible for numerous important hydro-electric, municipal sewerage, and electricity schemes, as well as waterworks undertakings. Mr. Stewart, whose death in his seventy-third year occurred on 26th December 1950, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1939. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers."

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