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George Findlater Clements

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George Findlater Clements (1868-1896)


1897 Obituary [1]

GEORGE FINDLATER CLEMENTS, who died on the 7th June, 1896, was the son of the late Mr. John Findlater Clements, of Bathurst, N.S.W., and was born on the 23rd February, 1868.

He was educated at All Saints College, Bathurst, and at the age of seventeen entered the Government Railway Service, being located at Bathurst under Mr. J. F. Watson, the divisional engineer. While passing through the workshops, Mr. Clements took every opportunity of attending technical classes for geometrical drawing, physics, &C., and was early employed in the field in surveying, setting out and estimating for colliery sidings and other works, the details of which he quickly mastered.

In 1890 he secured one of the cadetships offered for competition by the New South Wales Government, the possession of which entitled him to two years' study in England. During that period he acquired a practical knowledge of electrical engineering in the works of Messrs. Siemens Brothers and was engaged in the construction of the Guernsey electric tramways.

Mr. Clements returned to New South Wales in 1892, entering the electrical engineering branch of the government railways under Mr. P. B. Elwell, for whom he superintended the equipment of the military road electric tramway, proving himself capable of carrying out such works in a most satisfactory manner. Had he lived he would probably have distinguished himself in this field, being a young man of exceptional ability and promise.

Mr. Clements was elected an Associate Member on the 1st May, 1894.



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