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LAVER, James Garland

Born: ?
Died: 1933 03 03


Received his training in England, working first as a draughtsman and engineering assistant to his father, Thomas Laver, a well-known contractor and engineer of Bath from 1882 to about 1900. He also studied at the South Kensington science and Art Department for architectural drawing and building construction, sitting the elementary, advanced and honours examinations, gaining a First Class Honours Diploma. Laver arrived in South Africa in about 1900 and was appointed a draughtsman in the Mines Department in October 1900. In 1901 he joined the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT as a draughtsman and in 1904 Departmental clerk of works, becoming an Inspector of Works in 1905 and assistant engineer in April 1912. In 1924 he was appointed assistant district engineer in Pretoria and appears to have remained with the Public Works Department for the duration of his career.

ISAA 1928. (ISAA mem list; PSL 1914:238; SAAR Feb 1934:61 obit)

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