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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

John William Gray (1858-1931)

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John William Gray (1858-1931)


1931 Obituary [1]

JOHN WILLIAM GRAY, after serving his apprenticeship at Messrs. Armstrongs' of Newcastle, took up an appointment in 1884 on the Cape Government Railways.

In the following year he joined the Natal Government Railways. He was particularly interested in the welfare of the young men in the workshops, and was one of four on the committee which drew up the scheme for establishing the original Durban Technical Institute. The Institute ultimately became the Natal Technical College, of which he was one of the founders and a life councillor.

He continued his educational work on the Council of the Pietermaritzburg Technical Institute, after having moved to Maritzburg in 1915, to take up the appointment of mechanical engineer to the South African Railways and Harbours, which he held until his retirement in 1920.

Mr. Gray was born in Northumberland in 1858, and died in Natal on 18th November 1931.

He became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1907.


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