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Edmund Lewin Hill

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Edmund Lewin Hill (1871-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

EDMUND LEWIN HILL was well known in Australia as representative of the Hewittic Electric Company, Ltd., the Hackbridge Electric Construction Company, Ltd., and the Sperry Gyroscope Company, Ltd.

He was born in 1871 at Tottenham, London, and was the great-nephew of Sir Rowland Hill, the postal reformer. After receiving his education at Haileybury and at University College, London, he served a pupilage on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, under William Stroudley, M.I.Mech.E. He subsequently held junior appointments with electrical engineering firms in Westminster, and from 1891 to 1898 he practised on his own account as an electrical engineer in London and Oxford.

He then became works manager to Messrs. C. and A. Musker, Ltd., hydraulic and electrical engineers, of Liverpool, and three years later went to Cardiff as general manager of the South Wales Electrical Power Distribution Company, Ltd. Subsequently he joined the Manchester branch of Messrs. Siemens Brothers' Dynamo Works, Ltd., as manager, and while there took a leading part in forming the Engineers' Club, Manchester, becoming its first honorary secretary. In 1917 he was appointed general secretary to the Federation of British Industries, with headquarters in London. As a result of experience gained in Manchester, he formed the Engineers' Club, London, and became its first secretary.

He left for Melbourne, Australia, in 1927 to begin his work as engineering representative, and in 1931 he organized a State conference in Melbourne for the Institution of Engineers, Australia. His death occurred in Melbourne on 15th September 1938. Mr. Hill was elected a Member of the Institution in 1902, and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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