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CRAIG, William

Born: 1862 09 05


Educated at King's College, Aberdeen. Obtained engineering experience in the United States and Australia before coming to the Cape Colony in 1893. He was an associate member (later a member) of the (British) Institution of Civil Engineers and a member of the Society of Engineers, London. At the Cape he was employed as an assistant engineer in the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS of the CAPE COLONY, Cape Town, from December 1893. In about 1901 he reported to the government of the Cape Colony on water boring and other engineering works in Australia. In October 1904 he became first engineer in the Irrigation Branch, but on 1 July 1906 returned to the Public Works Department as chief engineer. 1906 he and Prof Henry Payne reported on schemes for conserving the water flowing from Table Mountain. He retired from this post on 1 January 1909. At that time he resided in Oranjezicht, Cape Town. Among others he drew up plans for the water supply of Porterville in 1914.

Craig served on the first committee of the Cape Society of Civil Engineers, founded in Cape Town in January 1903, and was again a committee member in 1904 and in 1907. Although he was no longer a member of the society by 1909, he served as president of its successor, the South African Society of Civil Engineers, in 1919.

He joined the South African Philosophical Society in 1901 and was still a member in 1907. He was also a foundation member of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science in 1902. At the Association's first meeting in Cape Town in 1903 he read a paper on "Curved concrete reservoir walls..." (Report, 1903, pp. 404-408).

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.

Books citing CRAIG

S2A3 (Plug, C - Project Leader and main compiler). 2002-. S2A3 biographical database of southern African science. Webspace: WWW. pp Accessed 2016 01 13