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Ralph Teasdale Walker

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Ralph Teasdale Walker (1864-1893)

of Easton and Anderson, Erith Iron Works, Erith, S.O., Kent; and Kaliemaas, Alleyne Park, West Dulwich, London, S.E.


1893 Obituary [1]

RALPH TEASDALE WALKER was born at Sourabaya, Java, on 10th November 1864.

Coming to England when nine years of age, he was educated at Brighton Grammar School and Dulwich College.

At the age of nineteen he was articled as pupil at the works of Messrs. Eastons and Anderson, Erith, and went through the general routine of the works and drawing office for three years and a half.

On leaving in 1887 he was engaged for one year by Messrs. W. and A. McOnie, Glasgow, and afterwards by Messrs. Robey and Co., Lincoln, with the object of gaining a varied experience.

He was next employed for one sugar-making campaign at the Gastel beetroot sugar factory, near Rosendaal, Holland, where he acquired the preliminary knowledge which enabled him in a great measure to grasp the intricacies of the manufacture of sugar.

In February 1889 he went to Java, and was appointed first engineer in the Olean sugar factory, Sitoebondo, where he erected a complete new plant of sugar-making machinery of most modern design and construction, having a capacity of 1,200 to 1,500 tons of marketable sugar per month, and worked it through the following campaign.

After this he was appointed first engineer at the Seragie sugar factory, Pekalongan; but during the first campaign of 1893 he was stricken with virulent fever, and after four days' illness died there on 14th November 1893, at the age of twenty-nine.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1884.



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