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Frederick Washington Lawson

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Major Frederick Washington Lawson (1869-1924)

1925 Obituary [1]

MAJOR FREDERICK WASHINGTON LAWSON, D.S.O., was born at Launceston, Tasmania, on 12th June 1869, and educated in Victoria.

He served his articles with Messrs. John Bundle and Co., engineers, Melbourne, and on completion he entered the service of the New South Wales Government as a draughtsman in the Lands Department, being transferred, four years later, in 1896, to the Public Works Department.

Subsequently, in 1901, he became engineering assistant in the Water Supply and Sewerage Department, this experience leading in following years to his being engaged on important pumping and sewerage schemes at Kalgoorlie and Perth, under the Government of Western Australia.

He was subsequently appointed to take independent control of the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Works of the Perth and Fremantle districts, the responsibilities of which position involved a wide range of activities in mechanical engineering, as it included the control of pumping stations for water supply, the designing, erection and maintenance of low-level sewerage pumping stations, and the supervision of pipes, valves, and other details of equipment over a wide area.

During the War the subject of this notice served in the Australian forces as an officer in the Tunnelling Corps and afterwards as Engineer for Water Supply, etc., and at its conclusion had reached the rank of Major, with the decoration of D.S.O., in acknowledgement of services rendered.

Major Lawson died at Perth, Western Australia, on 18th November 1924, in his fifty-sixth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1910 and was transferred to full Membership in 1914.

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