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William Ingham (1867-1924), Chief Engineer to the Rand Water Board

Water engineer for Torquay. (1897).

Moston, Newton Heath, Manchester. (1900).

1924 Died at Johannesburg.

1924 Obituary [1]

"THE engineering profession has experienced a heavy loss by the death from heart failure, at the age of fifty-six, of Mr. William Ingham, which took place at Johannesburg on March 7th last. Mr. Ingham, as our readers are aware, had for the last fourteen years or so held the position of Chief Engineer to the Rand Water Board; but he had done excellent work in other parts of South Africa for some seven years before being appointed to that post, and, before leaving this country, he had already given evidence that he was the possessor of engineering ability far in excess of the ordinary. Mr. Ingham began his business life by being articled to to Mr. J . E. Stafford, a civil engineer of Burnley, Lancs., and when about twenty-three years of age he was appointed assistant to Mr. Edward Sandeman, who was then waterworks engineer to the Plymouth Corporation. At that time the famous Burrator Reservoir Works were in course of construction, and during part of his five years' sojourn at Plymouth, Ingham was second engineer at those works. He did not, however, remain for the completion of the Burrator Dam, the last stone of which was laid with old-time ceremony in the autumn of 1898, for two years previously he had been offered and accepted the position of water engineer of Torquay, in succession to the late Mr. Thomas S. Weeks..." [more]

1924 Obituary[2]

"The late Mr. Wm. Ingham, M.Inst.C.E.— We have received news from Johannesburg of the death, on March 7, of Mr. William Ingham, of the Rand Water Board. Mr. Ingham was born in Burnley, Lancs, in 1867, and obtained his training as a civil engineer in his native town. After a period as Resident Engineer of the St. Helen’s Tramways, he was appointed assistant Water Engineer to Plymouth, and after four years' service he became Chief Engineer to Torquay Waterworks. Mr. Ingham went to South Africa in 1903 as Hydraulic Engineer to the Port Elizabeth Municipality, and subsequently 'went into private practice, doing important work for the Smartt Syndicate Irrigation Scheme at Britstown. He joined the Rand Water Board as Chief Engineer in 1910, and designed and constructed the great Barrage for the Vaal River water scheme. Besides being a member of both, the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Mechanical Engineers, he was, a member of the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers, the Association of Water Engineers, and was.a past president of the South African Institution of Engineers."

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