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Walter Hereward Hill

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Walter Hereward Hill (1879-1947)

1948 Obituary [1]

"WALTER HEREWARD HILL spent almost the whole of his professional career in Java and the Far East. He was born in 1879, and served his apprenticeship from 1895 to 1900 with Messrs. H. J. West and Company, Ltd., London. After a brief experience as draughtsman to Messrs. G. J. Worssam and Sons, general engineers, he went to Siam to take up a similar position with Messrs. Howarth Erskine, Ltd., at Bangkok. Later he was made acting superintending engineer, and from 1906 to 1910 was the firm's manager in China, where he was engaged on the negotiation of contracts.

A year later he became managing director and chairman of the British and Dutch Engineering Company, Ltd., of Soerabaja, Java, and was actively engaged in fulfilling contracts for gas and water works and a number of industrial concerns in Java and Sumatra until 1924, when he established a business as consulting engineer and technical importer under the title of Firma W. H. Hill, which he continued to direct up to the time of his death, which occurred at Soerabaja on 12th March 1947. Mr. Hill was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1900 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1905 and to Membership in 1924."

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