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Frederic Gordon Ayers

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Frederic Gordon Ayers (1871-1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

FREDERIC GORDON AYERS was born at Adelaide, Australia, on Ind September 1871.

He was educated at the Collegiate School of St. Peter, Adelaide, from 1881 to 1889, and in 1890 received private technical instruction from the Lecturer of the Technical School at the same city.

He was apprenticed to Messrs. Fulton and Co., Adelaide, from 1891 to 1896, when he became assistant manager to the firm. During his apprenticeship he attended lectures at the School of Mines.

In 1897 he went to Tasmania as assistant engineer to the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Co., and in 1898 became assistant manager to Messrs. Fulton and Co.

He left this firm in 1899 to obtain further experience in England, and returned to Australia about 1901, when he was engaged on the designing of new locomotives for the South Australian Government.

After this he was for two years as assistant engineer on the construction of the Fremantle tramways in Western Australia.

His next engagement was as Overhead Superintendent for the construction of the Adelaide tramways, which post he held until he resigned, to come to England for a holiday, returning to Australia in June 1914.

His death took place in Australia on 2nd February 1915, in his forty-fourth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1901.

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