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William Dundas

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William Dundas (1882-1943)

1943 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM DUNDAS was chief electrical engineer to the corporation of Bradford and had been associated with electrical engineering for the whole of his professional career. He was born in 1882 and received his technical education at the Birkenhead School of Science and Art. On the termination of a five years' apprenticeship at the works of the Liverpool Overhead Railway Company in 1902 he gained experience as shift and mains engineer for a brief period in the electricity department of the Shipley Urban District Council and during the two succeeding years was in the drawing office of Callender's Cable and Construction Company.

In 1905 he was made charge engineer at the Neasden power station of the Metropolitan Railway, and held this position until 1911 when he entered the service of the Manchester Corporation and began a connection which lasted for nearly twenty years. His first Corporation appointment was that of shift and boiler house engineer, followed in 1914 by his promotion to be resident and general assistant engineer, with responsibility for the maintenance of nineteen 900 kW. plants. He finally became resident engineer at the Barton power station. In 1929 he was appointed deputy city electrical engineer at Bradford, becoming chief electrical engineer and manager twelve years later.

Mr. Dundas, whose death occurred suddenly while on duty on 15th February 1943, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1926 and was transferred to Membership in 1942. For a period of ten years, from 1920 to 1930, he was a member of the Steam Nozzles Research Committee of the Institution. He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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