Malcolm Fergusson died in Johannesburg on 14th August, 1949, at the age of 75.

He was born in Norfolk, educated at Bedford Grammar School, and received his professional training at the Royal School of Mines from 1891 to 1894, graduating with the A.R.S.M. in mining.

In 1895 he went to Johannesburg as sampler at the Robinson gold mine, and as assistant engineer with Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa, Ltd., in the Heidelberg and Nigel Districts. From 1896 to 1898 Mr Fergusson was manager of Central Lydenburg Goldfields, Pilgrims Rest, and then joined an expedition to Central Africa under the joint auspices of the Royal Society and Royal Geographical Society.

In 1901 he took up the appointment of assistant manager of Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, Gold Coast, but in the following year returned to South Africa to serve as Inspector of Mines for the Transvaal and the Union of South Africa for fifteen years. In 1927 he was promoted Chief Inspector of Mines of the Union of South Africa, and retired from that position in 1930. He then became resident mining engineer of the British South Africa Co. in the Rhodesian copper belt and remained at Ndola until 1937, when he went to live in Johannesburg. He retained his interest, in mining and was a director of Apex Mines, Ltd., at the time of his death.

Mr. Fergusson was elected to Membership of the Institution in 1933.

Vol. 59, Trans IMM 1949-50, p.?

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