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George Alexander Stigant

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George Alexander Stigant (c1871-1943)

1945 Obituary [1]

GEORGE ALEXANDER STIGANT spent the whole of his professional career in South Africa, and was for more than thirty years in the service of the South African Railways. After serving his apprenticeship with the Cape Government Railway from 1888 to 1894 he obtained temporary employment with Messrs. Lewis and Marks, mining engineers, and was placed in charge of the mining machinery. His next position, which he occupied from 1895 to 1897, was as assistant to the chief mechanical engineer of the New Chimes Gold Mining Company, Johannesburg.

During the South African War he was in charge of the brakes department on the imperial military railways. In 1902 he began his long connection with the South African Railways, which lasted for thirty-two years. His first appointment was that of inspector of brakes and rolling stock in the Orange River Colony. He was attached to the locomotive running department at Johannesburg as foreman from 1913 until 1919, when he was transferred to Klerksdorp. Four years later he went to Keetmanshoop, South West Africa, where he remained for nine years until his retirement in 1932.

Mr. Stigant, whose death in his seventy-second year occurred on 29th July 1943, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1907.

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