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Sydney Ainslie Hollis (1873-1905)
1905 Obituary 
SYDNEY AINSLIE HOLLIS was born at Brighton on 18th July 1873.
He was educated at private schools, at Brighton College, and the Crystal Palace School of Engineering. Subsequently he spent one year at University College, London.
In 1893 he served a pupilage of three years in the workshops of Messrs. Yarrow and Co., Poplar, fitting and erecting engines for torpedo boats and destroyers, and in 1897 was appointed assistant engineer to Mr. T. Stewart, with whom he was engaged on surveying and setting out waterworks' schemes for Bloemfontein, and for Table Mountain.
In 1898 he became assistant resident engineer on the construction of the masonry dam for Table Mountain, and was subsequently employed in setting out, measuring up, etc., other schemes.
He returned to England in 1900, and became chief assistant to Messrs. Bailey-Denton, Son and Lawford, of Westminster, being engaged on various water and sewerage schemes.
In 1902 he obtained the appointment of chief engineering assistant to the Bloemfontein Town Council, being principally engaged on the irrigation works of that town.
His death took place at Bloemfontein, after an operation, on 4th February 1905, in his thirty-second year.
He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1903.