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Jonathan Pickering

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Jonathan Pickering (1854-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

JOHNATHAN PICKERING was associated with the Colonial Sugar Refining Company for no less than forty-seven years, for the last thirty years of which he was consulting engineer to the company.

He was born at New Shildon, Co. Durham, in 1854 and served his apprenticeship from 1869 to 1875 in the works of Messrs. R. Y. Pickering and Company, Ltd., carriage and wagon builders, of Wishaw, Glasgow, a firm founded by his father. He was then made draughtsman and assistant manager at the works, becoming manager in 1877.

Two years later he left for New Zealand, and went into business on his own account as an engineer and architect. He commenced his long association with the Colonial Sugar Refining Company in 1883, on his appointment as resident engineer at the Harwood sugar mills, New South Wales. Later he was transferred to the Broadwater mill.

In 1900 he returned to Glasgow, and became consulting engineer to the company, a position which he held until his retirement in 1930.

Mr. Pickering was elected a Member of the Institution in 1894.

His death occurred at his home in Glasgow on 14th October 1935.

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