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John Norman Spencer Williams

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John Norman Spencer Williams (1857-1950)

1953 Obituary [1]

JOHN NORMAN SPENCER WILLIAMS was born in 1857 and served an apprenticeship between 1873 and 1879 in the office of the city engineer and at the Phoenix Foundry, St. John, New Brunswick. After four years as fitter, sub-foreman, and draughtsman in the Risdon Iron Works at San Francisco he became the firm's resident engineer and agent in the Hawaiian Islands.

In 1890 he was appointed manager of the Union Iron Works at Honolulu and four years later took up a similar appointment at a sugar plantation in Cuba.

He was constructional and superintending engineer for the Honolulu Iron Works Company from 1898 until 1901, when he began an association with the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company which lasted for several years.

Mr. Williams had been a Member of the Institution since 1901 and was the author of a paper which he presented in 1902, entitled "Recent Practice in the Design, Construction, and Operation of Raw Cane Sugar Factories in the Hawaiian Islands".

His death occurred on 11th February 1950.

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