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STEWART, George Alexander

Born: 1878
Died: 1950 12 26


A civil engineer and a member of the Institute of South African Architects, Stewart was a well-known consultant on sewerage and hydro-electrical schemes in Southern Africa. He was born at Fochabers, Morayshire, the third son of George Stewart. He was educated at Milnes Institution in Scotland and married in 1904. Stewart had trained as a civil engineer under WD Sang of Kirkaldy and he practised in Scotland before coming to South Africa in 1902. According to the entry for him in the South African Who's Who (1931/1932), he was engineer and designer of the Pietermaritzburg Waterworks before going to Bloemfontein. His obituary in the South African Architectural Record (May 1951:121) says that he went straight to Bloemfontein on arriving in South Africa. In about 1904 he became acting town engineer of Bloemfontein but then went (or returned) to Pietermaritzburg (n.d.) as resident engineer of Water and Sewage and private consulting engineer to several government and municipal works and private undertakings. During 1907 and 1908 he was working in the Transvaal before returning to Bloemfontein in 1908 where he was City (Electrical) Engineer until 1920. He continued to act as a consultant on various works in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and was later superintendent of the design and construction of the Vaal River Barrage Gate as a director of Blaine & Co. When he registered as a member of the ISAA in 1928 he was living in Johannesburg; he may have worked with HAC WALLACE (c1930-1932) on the South African Mutual building in Bloemfontein, a competition which Wallace had won in 1928 since Wallace was in partnership with one Stewart from 1930 to 1932 on this building (cf WALLACE & STEWART). Stewart died in Johannesburg.

ISAA 1928; MCQS 1928; MICE; SAACE. (ISAA mem list; SAAR May 1951:121 obit; SAWW 1931/2)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.