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William Grigor Taylor

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William Grigor Taylor (1847-1914)

1915 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM GRIGOR TAYLOR was born at Newhills in 1847, and received his early education in Aberdeenshire.

On leaving Aberdeen University in 1865 he came to London, and after doing clerical work for a few years obtained an appointment in 1869 with the Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Company. Whilst with that company he took part in several cable-laying expeditions.

In 1873 he joined the Eastern Telegraph Company, and in 1875 was appointed Superintendent at the La Perouse station, Sydney, of the Eastern Extension, Australasia, and China Telegraph Company, becoming General Manager at Singapore in 1883. He held that appointment until he returned to England in 1902.

Shortly afterwards he went to New York as the representative of the Eastern & Associated Companies.

Early in 1914 owing to ill-health, he came back to England, and he died at Bournemouth on the 19th November, 1914, aged 67 years.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1872, and a Member in 1902, and was Local Honorary Secretary for the Straits Settlements from 1902 to 1904.

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