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James Samuel Statter

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James Samuel Statter ( -1880)

1881 Obituary [1]

. . . On the completion of his pupilage, he first acted for a short time as Resident Engineer on works of Sewerage and water-supply at Dorchester, and then became assistant to Mr. John Norton, architect, with whom he remained for two years to obtain that knowledge of architectural construction which he deemed necessary to qualify himself for general practice.

At the early age of twenty-two he started on his own account, but his success was not sufficient to deter him from becoming a candidate for a Board of Health Surveyorship at Liverpool, which he failed to obtain, and after a year he joined the staff of Peto, Brassey and Betts, to superintend the erection of the stations on the Jutland railways, then under construction . . . next proceeded to South Africa, and arriving at Cape Town in September, 1874, was without delay engaged by the Colonial Government as an engineer on the Western system . . .

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