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John Wildridge

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John Wildridge (1849-1900)

1900 Obituary [1]

JOHN WILDRIDGE was born at Airdree, Scotland, in 1849, and served seven years' apprenticeship as draughtsman and engineer with [Henderson, Coulborn and Co|Messrs. Henderson, Coulborn and Co.]], of Renfrew.

In 1874 he entered the service of the Eastern and Australian Steam Ship Co., and went to Singapore. For a short time he was confidential engineer in the King of Siam's dockyard at Bangkok, and subsequently was appointed superintending engineer of the company.

In 1888 he commenced private practice as consulting engineer and naval architect in Sydney, acting for many years as consulting engineer to the Eastern and Australian Steam Ship Co., the Linde British Refrigeration Co., and other firms.

In 1892 he entered into partnership with Mr. Russell Sinclair, under the title of J. Wildridge and Sinclair. He was a member of the Marine Board, and also of the Government Board of Experts.

His death took place at his residence in North Sydney, after a lingering illness, on 21st July 1900, at the age of fifty-one.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1886.

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