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Thomas Garner Paterson

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Thomas Garner Paterson (c1882-1942)

1947 Obituary [1]

"THOMAS GARNER PATERSON, whose death occurred at Sydney on 12th September 1942, at the age of sixty, was in practice as a consulting engineer and surveyor in Hong Kong for nearly twenty years. He was educated at the Liverpool Technical College and served his apprenticeship to marine and mechanical engineering with Messrs. John Jones and Sons, shipbuilders and engineers, from 1898 to 1903. He was then employed as engineer in various steamships of the Union Castle Line and later rose from sixth to second engineer while serving in vessels of the Pacific Steam Navigation Co, eventually obtaining his Board of Trade first-class Engineer's Certificate.

In 1914 he joined a battalion of the King's Liverpool Regiment, was wounded at the battle of the Somme, and after twelve months in hospital was discharged with a life pension. During the remainder of the war he served on the technical staff of the Ministry of Munition's Liverpool Committee. He began his long connection with the Far East on his appointment as assistant to Messrs. Carmichael and Clarke, consulting engineers, of Hong Kong. Five years later he was admitted a partner in the firm of Messrs. Anderson and Ashe, consulting engineers and surveyors, who acted for the American Bureau of Shipping, and also represented the U.S. Salvage Association. Mr. Paterson's duties included the holding of surveys on damaged steamships and the supervision of repairs to hull, machinery, and boilers. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1928 and was transferred to Membership in 1935."

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