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Frederick Thomas Morrison

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Frederick Thomas Morrison (1860-1924)

1924 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK THOMAS MORRISON was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, on 29th February 1860.

After being educated at private schools with a view to entering the medical profession, be served a three years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Mann and Nowden, general engineers.

This was followed by a period of two years in the Glasgow and South Western Railway Works and a further three years in the Fairfield Engineering Works, Govan.

In 1882 he went to Central Africa as Chief Engineer to the African Lakes Corporation, Ltd., where he remained eight years, and then returned to Scotland to become assistant works engineer with the Steel Company of Scotland at their Blochairn Works.

In 1894 he relinquished this position to take up an appointment as organizer of the Industrial Department of the Lovedale Training Institute, Alice, Cape Colony, and five years later he joined the Education Department of Cape Colony as Manual Training Instructor, being transferred to the Cape Provincial Administration at the Union of the South African Colonies in 1910.

For twenty-two years he held this position, his work being mainly in the Eastern Province.

He was the Author of several works on Manual Training, which have been adopted by the Cape Education Authorities as standard works for use in their schools.

His death took place at Port Elizabeth on 30th March 1921, at the age of sixty-four.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1908.

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