George Ernest Stephenson died on January 26th, 1932, at the age of 64.

He received his technical instruction at the Ballarat School of Mines, Victoria, during the years 1890—1892, and on the completion of his course he worked for about four years as contractor on various mines in Australia. In 1897 he was appointed general manager of the Puriri Gold Estate, Ltd;, and the Orion Gold Mining Co., Ltd., in New Zealand, and with a break of about a twelvemonth in 1902, when he was in West-Africa as manager of the Taquah & Abosso Exploration Co., Ltd, he was associated with the Puriri Company until 1905.

In the following year he returned to England and for two years held the position of manager of the Teesdale Zinc & Lead Co., Ltd., and the Brough Barytes Co., Ltd. In 1907 he was appointed manager of the Tronoh Mines, Ltd., and in 1908 went to Mexico as general manager of the Palmarejo & Mexican Goldfield, Ltd. From 1912 to 1914 he acted as assistant to Mr. E.T. McCarthy, mostly engaged in reporting on mines in Cyprus, and in the following year was manager of Great Fingall, Ltd.

The years 1916 and 1917 were occupied in reporting on mines in New Zealand and Alaska, and he returned to England in 1918 to act as resident engineer at Saltburn under the Ministry of Munitions with a view to increasing the output of the Middlesbrough district, and on the same behalf he for a time had the management of the Mount Sinai manganese mines, Egypt. Following that he was for a time engineer to the Northern Mercantile Finance Corporation, Ltd., and in 1921 he returned to New Zealand as general manager of the Blackwater and Progress Mines and other properties of the Consolidated Goldfields of New Zealand, Ltd. In 1925 he became associated with the Rio Tinto Company as manager of their phosphate mines in Algeria, later representing the company in Cyprus.

Mr. Stephenson was elected a Member of the Institution in 1911.

Vol. 42, Trans I.M.M., 1932-33, pp.614-15

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