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William John Sheldon

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William John Sheldon (c1864-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM JOHN SHELDON was identified with the Sao Paulo Railway of Brazil during the whole of his professional career. He was educated privately in London and Brazil and served his time from 1876 to 1883 in the Sao Paulo locomotive workshops, on the completion of which he was engaged as general draughtsman for the next six years. He acted as general assistant to the locomotive superintendent and resident engineer from 1889 to 1896, when his appointment as resident engineer took place. After holding the position of chief engineer for many years, he retired in 1923.

Mr. Sheldon, whose death occurred in a street accident on 22nd February 1942, in his seventy-eighth year, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1900. He was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

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