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Andrew White Crookston

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Andrew White Crookston (1850-1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

ANDREW WHITE CROOKSTON died suddenly on February 21, 1934, while on a visit to Safaga, Upper Egypt.

He was born in Scotland in 1850. He was the first person to exploit the North African phosphate deposits on a commercial scale, and had been Administrateur-Delegue of the Compagnie des Phosphates du Dyr from its formation about half a century ago until his death. In 1910, having obtained phosphate concessions near Safaga, Upper Egypt, from the Egyptian Government, he formed the Egyptian Phosphate Co., Ltd., of which he was the chairman and managing director. He had other mining interests, including deposits in Portugal. He was a director of Messrs. Crookston Bros., Ltd.

He was a very old member of the Iron and Steel Institute, having been elected to membership in 1880.

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