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William Holmes Nisbet

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William Holmes Nisbet (1862-1908)

1908 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM HOLMES NISBET was born in Glasgow on 15th January 1862, and received his education at private schools and at the University of Glasgow.

From 1878 to 1883 he served his time in the works of Messrs. Muir and Caldwell and in the locomotive works of the North British Railway at Cowlairs, and on its completion he remained as draughtsman for three years.

From 1886 to 1890 he was principal outdoor assistant to the locomotive superintendent of the same railway.

In 1890 he was appointed locomotive draughtsman and superintendent of the wagon repairing works of the New South Wales Government Railways, and was also for some time acting manager of the carriage and wagon shop.

Two years later he became assistant to the consulting engineer of the Assam Bengal Railways, and from 1893 to 1899 he acted as engineer and manager for the Westinghouse Brake Co. in the Australasian Colonies.

In 1899 he was appointed chief mechanical engineer to the Queensland Government Railways, which position he resigned in 1901 to resume control of the Westinghouse Brake Co.'s interests in Australasia.

He retained this position until his death in Sydney on 30th October 1907, in his forty-sixth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1899.

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