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Robert Graves MacIver

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Robert Graves MacIver (1875-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

ROBERT GRAVES MACIVER was born in 1875 and after serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Fawcett Preston and Company, Ltd., proceeded to India in 1895 on his appointment as assistant engineer to Messrs. Martin and Company, engineering contractors, Calcutta, which he held until 1906. He then went as manager to Messrs. Brown and Davidson, Ltd., tea garden engineers, in Ceylon. Two years later he became manager of Messrs. Hoare Miller and Company's agency department in Calcutta, with whom he remained until 1924.

After holding the position of export manager to Messrs. G. D. Peters and Company, Ltd., railway equipment engineers, for the next ten years, he acted as technical representative for Messrs. A. G. Wild and Company until 1938. He then became interested in the application of plastics to engineering purposes and for a brief period was technical representative to Messrs. Ashdowns, Ltd. Latterly he had been associated with the plastics department of Messrs. Thomas de la Rue and Company, Ltd., in a similar capacity and also with the Flexo Plywood Industries Company, Ltd., Mr. Maclver, whose death occurred on 25th January 1944, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1916. For some years he served in the garrison artillery, Indian Defence Force, retiring in 1921 with the rank of major.

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