- 1882-1964 (Creation)
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Claude Lankester attended Simon’s Town High School and the South African College, where he obtained his degree in Civil Engineering. In 1913, he joined the South African Railways and Harbours and was employed on railway construction. He served in East Africa in the First World War. After the war, he joined the Durban harbour engineer’s staff and was involved between 1921 and 1925 in the construction of the Prince Edward Graving Dock. There is conflicting information in the collection about his employment after 1925, but it is clear that he worked for some time at African Explosives in Somerset West before being transferred to Modderfontein at the end of 1937. A newspaper article also reports him as having returned to Cape Town from Durban in 1932, as district engineer and being appointed assistant harbour engineer in 1934. In about 1939 he was appointed Harbour Engineer, New Works.
He married Madge Allan in 1923, who had studied as a singer at the Royal Academy. They were both involved in amateur theatricals in the Western Cape. They had two sons.
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Please also see BC606 Lankester Collection.
Purchased from Select Books, September 2013.