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George Robert Graham Conway

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George Robert Graham Conway (1873-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE ROBERT GRAHAM CONWAY, C.B.E., whose death occurred on 20th May 1951 at the age of seventy-eight, was formerly president of the Mexican Light and Power Company, Ltd., and was well-known for many years as a prominent engineer in Mexico. He was educated at Taunton's School and Hartley University College, Southampton, where he served a three-year pupilage under Mr. H. J. Weston. On the completion of his articles in 1895 he became assistant to Mr. James Mansergh, F.R.S., Westminster, for whom he was engaged on public works in the provinces. From 1898 to 1907 he was resident engineer for the city of Aberdeen and carried out large and important drainage schemes, besides being engineer for the reconstruction of the Union Bridge. Mr. Conway then went to Mexico to take up the appointment of chief engineer and official representative of the Monterey Railway, Light and Power Co, and the Monterey Water and Drainage Co. He was responsible for the construction of an extensive system of waterworks and drainage, and also for the supply of electric light and power in addition to the establishment of a tramway system in that city.

Three years later he was appointed chief engineer and assistant general manager of the British Columbia Electric Railway in Vancouver. In this capacity he was responsible for the construction of large hydro-electric plants and inter-urban electric railways. He returned to Mexico in 1916 to take up the appointment of managing director and general representative of the Mexican Light and Power Company, Ltd., and the Mexico Tramways Co, becoming president of both companies in 1927. He resigned from the Mexico Tramways Co in 1942 and retired from the Mexican Light and Power Co five years later, retaining, however, his seat as a director. Mr. Conway had been a Member of the Institution since 1906 and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, which awarded him the Telford Gold Medal in 1909. In addition he was a Member of the American Societies of Civil and Mechanical Engineers. He contributed a number of papers to engineering and technical societies of which he was a member. He had, moreover, considerable literary interests and was the author of numerous articles and monographs relating to outstanding figures in the history of Mexico. He was made a C.B.E. in the Birthday Honours of 1949."

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