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Wilfred Landstein

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Wilfred Landstein (1875-1911)

1911 Obituary [1]

WILFRED LANDSTEIN was born in Glasgow on 18th January 1875. Five years later his parents removed to Liverpool, and at the Liverpool Institute he received his education.

In 1889 he commenced his apprenticeship in the North Mersey Engine Works at Bootle, Liverpool, and on its completion in 1894 he spent a brief time in the works of Messrs. Rollo and Sons, of Bootle.

In June 1895 he joined Messrs. Holt's Ocean Steamship Co., and went direct to Singapore, where he served and graduated until he returned to England in 1898 to obtain his chief engineer's certificate.

He then cruised with Lord Newborough as chief engineer of his steam yacht "Fedora."

In March 1900 he rejoined the Ocean Steamship Co., and in June 1901 he was appointed chief engineer of one of their steamers. Subsequently he had supervision of the same company's wharf, pontoons, and property at Deli, Sumatra.

In 1909 he was invalided home suffering from a severe breakdown, from the effects of which he did not seem to recover. However, after six months' rest, he returned to Singapore, but had not been there very long before he finally returned, the effects of malaria and sunstroke proving fatal.

His death took place at Mossley Hill, Liverpool, on 12th January 1911, shortly before his thirty-sixth birthday.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1907.

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