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George Frederick Tippett

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George Frederick Tippett (1856-1901)

1902 Obituary [1]

GEORGE FREDERICK TIPPETT was born on the 8th October, 1856. He began his engineering career in 1875 as a pupil of the late Mr. P. J. Messent, then Engineer-in-Chief to the Tyne Improvement Commissioners, and after the completion of his articles he was engaged under Mr. Messent as an Assistant, and subsequently as Resident Engineer on dock and river works, and in other operations connected with the improvement of the Tyne.

In February, 1888, he was appointed Chief Assistant to the Engineer of the Hull Docks Company, and in the following December he sailed for the Cape to take up the post of Resident Engineer on the East London Harbour Works, under the late Sir John Coode, Past-President, and subsequently under Messrs. Coode, Son and Matthews.

From 1888 to 1894 he also acted as Inspecting Engineer of Port Alfred Harbour Works. During his thirteen years' stay at East London, Mr. Tippett proved himself a most valuable and reliable Resident Engineer, his ability and energy enabling him to deal with complicated questions of policy as well as of engineering.

He died at Cape Town, of typhoid fever, on the 8th December, 1901, at the comparatively early age of 45.

Mr. Tippett was elected an Associate Member of the Institution on the 5th February, 1889, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 22nd October, 1895.

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