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Thomas Joseph Fleming (1870-1941)

1941 Obituary [1]

THOMAS JOSEPH FLEMING was born in 1870 and died on the 16th November, 1940.

In 1897, soon after he had arrived in the Argentine, he joined the engineering staff of the Compania General de Electricidad de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, and continued working for this company until it was sold in 1901 to the Compania Alemana Transatlantica.

He then left the Argentine for England where he remained until 1907, working for the A.E.G. Co. and during part of the time acting as their South American representative.

In 1907 he returned to the Argentine and was established with Messrs. Agar Cross & Co. as the special representative of the British Westinghouse Electric Co. (now the Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Co.).

In November of the same year he applied to the Provincial Government of Tucumdn for a concession to build a hydro-electric power plant to supply light and power to the city of Tucumdn, using the water of the River Lules for this purpose. The concession was granted in the following year, and in 1910 he formed a local company to take over the concession and build the power plant and high-voltage transmission line to the city of Tucuman. This work was completed in 1912.

He next applied for a concession to erect an oil-engine power plant for supplying electric light and power to the town of General Alvear, Province of Mendoza. Having obtained the concession he installed the plant and operated it up to the time of his death.

He joined The Institution in 1902 as a Member. Although not active in sports himself, he was a popular member of many clubs and well known in Argentine commercial life, and he will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends.

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