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Sidney Howard Farrar

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Sidney Howard Farrar (1856-1917)

of Howard Farrar and Co, Port Elizabeth, Small Africa ; and 69 Cornhill, London, E.C.

1918 Obituary [1]

SIDNEY HOWARD FARRAR was born at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, on 15th November 1856.

He was educated at Bedford Public School, and in Germany and Switzerland.

His apprenticeship was served in the engineering works of his uncles, James and Frederick Howard, of Bedford, and he subsequently travelled on their behalf, in the "Seventies," on constructional work in France, Germany, Austria, Roumania, and Russia.

In 1876 he went to South Africa, and became a partner in the firm of Howard Farrar and Co., engineers, of Port Elizabeth and subsequently of Johannesburg, constructors of mining and general machinery.

From 1887 onwards he acted as consulting engineer to various mines on the Lydenburg Gold Fields, and from 1889 as consulting engineer for construction to the following Mining Companies: Henry Nourse, Jumpers, Simmer and Jack, United Langlaagte, Geldenhuis Estate, Nooitgedacht, Klerksdorp, New Kleinfontein, Witwatersrand, East Rand Proprietary Mines, and several other companies.

He had resided in England for the last twenty years, and was head of the firm of Farrar Brothers, of London.

His death took place at his residence at Ascot, on 12th September 1917, in his sixty-first year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1881.

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