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Walter Reeve Pepper

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Walter Reeve Pepper (1878-1950)


1952 Obituary [1]

"WALTER REEVE PEPPER spent nearly the whole of his professional career in India, where for many years he was in the service of Calcutta Tramways Company, Ltd., rising to be chief engineer and eventually becoming general manager and agent.

He was born in 1878 and received his general education at Launceston High School, Tasmania. His theoretical training in engineering was obtained at the Tasmanian Government Technical School, Finsbury Technical College, and Woolwich Polytechnic. In 1900, on the conclusion of a five-year apprenticeship with the Salisbury Foundry Company, Ltd., Launceston, mining and general engineers, he found employment as an assistant on the repair staff of the Tasmanian Gold Mining Co, thereby gaining valuable experience in the maintenance and repair of heavy pumping plant. He then revisited Great Britain and for the next two years was with Siemens Brothers, Ltd., as a draughtsman on the mechanical equipment of the works, then under construction, at Stafford, in 1907, after holding the position of outside erector to Dick Kerr and Company, Ltd., electrical engineers, for four years, Mr. Pepper sailed for India and joined the staff of the Calcutta Tramways Co as assistant and executive engineer. He was promoted to be chief engineer in 1925 and eight years later became general manager with control of some 6,000 employees and responsibility for the running and administration of a concern which annually carried no less than 140 million passengers. He retired in 1939 and went to live in Scotland, where his death occurred at Banchory on 20th October 1950. Mr. Pepper was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1911 and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."


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