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James William Kidd

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James William Kidd (1876-1950)


1951 Obituary [1]

"JAMES WILLIAM KIDD, whose death in his seventy-fourth year occurred at Sydney on 3rd February 1950, had spent the whole of his professional career in that city.

He was educated at the Sydney Technical School and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. G. and C. Hoskins, Ltd., general engineers, from 1892 to 1897. He then served at sea as marine engineer and obtained a first-class Board of Trade Certificate.

In 1903 he received an appointment as chief engineer to Messrs. Dalgety and Company, general merchants, for whom his duties included the running of power equipment, the upkeep of the plant at the wharves, and the charge of the wool stores.

After holding this position for sixteen years, he became works manager to Messrs. Sydney Ferries, Ltd. In this capacity he was responsible for the operation of the workshops and the service of sixty passenger steamers, and in addition was the designer of new vessels. He relinquished this appointment in 1941, but continued to be actively engaged as works manager to Messrs. Ferrier, Dickinson and Weir Drysdale, Ltd., until the close of hostilities in 1945.

Mr. Kidd had been a Member of the Institution since 1924."


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