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George Drewett

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George Drewett (c1900-1951)

1953 Obituary [1]

GEORGE DREWETT, B.Sc. (Eng.), whose untimely death occurred at Johannesburg on 10th December 1951, at the age of fifty-one, was well known as a prominent electrical engineer in South Africa where he had spent the whole of his career.

He received his general education at King Edward VII School, Johannesburg and, after the award of a Chamber of Mines Scholarship, his technical training at the South African School of Mines and Technology and University College, Witwatersrand, where he graduated B.Sc. in mechanical and electrical engineering in 1921.

He served an apprenticeship during his vacations with various concerns, including the Victoria Falls and Transvaal Power Company, Ltd., which he joined in 1922.

In the following year he took up an appointment as assistant electrical engineer to Reunert and Lenz, Ltd., Johannesburg, where he remained for twenty-one years. He was promoted to be electrical engineer in 1926 and became engineering departmental manager in 1936.

Since 1944, he had been in practice on his own account as a consulting mechanical and electrical engineer in Johannesburg.

Mr. Drewett was the joint founder of Veasey's Engineering College and had been principal since 1929.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1946 and was president- elect of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. In addition he was a Member of the South African Institution of Engineers and of the Chemical Metallurgical Society of South Africa.

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