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William Lindsay Sinclair Low

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William Lindsay Sinclair Low (1879-1912)

1913 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM LINDSAY SINCLAIR Low was born at Greenock on 13th October 1879.

He was educated first at the Public School, East London, South Africa, from 1886 to 1890, when he returned to Scotland and attended Woodlands College, Glasgow, until 1894.

On going back to South Africa he studied for one year at the Diocesan Grammar School, East London, and then in July 1895 he began an apprenticeship in the locomotive works of the Cape Government Railways. During this period he also attended technical classes at Cape Town.

On the completion of his apprenticeship in 1901, he was engaged as second engineer at the Buffalo Cold Storage Works, South Africa, until May 1903, when he was appointed chief engineer of the Federal Supply and Cold Storage Works, at East London, South Africa. This position he held until 1904, and in the following year he went to Australia as engineer with the Dorman Long Bridge Building Co., Melbourne.

After being a few months in Australia, he returned to South Africa and worked as outside superintendent for Messrs. Mackenzie Brothers, general engineers.

In the early part of 1906 he became consulting engineer with Messrs. Malcomess and Co., of King William's Town, Cape Colony, being chiefly connected with their irrigation work, and this position he held until his death, which took place on 9th April 1912, in his thirty-third year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1910.

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