oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Past master 22
John Hamilton Wicksteed
Port Elizabeth, like so many South African towns, suffered severe water shortages as it developed during the 19th century. It was the duty of John Gamble, the Colonial Hydraulic Engineer (Past Master 18), to sort out such problems, and for PE his solution was to build a weir on the Van Stadens River, linked to the town by a 30-mile long pipeline. John Hamilton Wicksteed, AMICE , was selected for the post of Resident Engineer and arrived in Algoa Bay on 29 December 1877 aboard the vessel Edinburgh Castle.
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