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George Chalmers

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George Chalmers (c1858-1929)


1929 Obituary [1]

GEORGE CHALMERS had been for very many years responsible for the technical management of the St. John Del Rey Mining Company's property.

As a young man he was sent out to Brazil in 1884 to take charge of the Morro Velho mine, a mine whose history dates back to prehistoric times, and which in recent years has been remarkably successful. It is one of the deepest, if not the deepest, ore mine in existence, operations being carried on to a depth of 7,333 feet, and ventilation is effected by fan and compressed air from the winding engines.

In 1886 the mine collapsed and Mr. Chalmers was thus called upon at an early period to show his ability. So well did he do so that he gained the complete confidence of the company whose subsequent prosperity was in large measure due to his work. His personality was such that he also gained a remarkable hold on the affections and trust of the Brazilian residents of the district.

He became general manager and engineer of the company's operations in Brazil in 1920 and consulting engineer in Brazil in 1925.

He died on 4th February 1929, at the age of 71, shortly after returning to England.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1892.



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