Joseph Dixon Small died at sea from malarial fever on September 3rd, 1916, at the age of 50 years.

He had spent over twelve years on the West Coast of Africa. He had of necessity taken frequent vacations in England by way of checking and correcting the effects of the fever; but his last attack, which occurred a few weeks before his death, compelled his speedy return to his native land, and he had reached the stage of convalescence when the relapse occurred which terminated fatally.

During the early part of his career Mr. Small was engaged in civil engineering in New York, and in 1892 he went to Mexico and worked for two years on a silver mine in Oaxaca. In 1894 he was prospecting in Central America, and later on spent a year on Government prospecting work in West Africa.

In 1903 he went to the Randi, and for nearly two years was engaged on contract work at the Simmer and Jack gold mine. He commenced his career as a mine manager on the Gold Coast in 1905, and from that year until 1916 he held appointments with the Taquah and Abosso Gold Mining Co., the Abosso Gold Mining Co., the Taquah Mining and Exploration Co., the Broomassie Mines, Ltd., and the Tarkwa Trading Co.

Mr. Small was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1911.

Vol. 26, Trans I.M.M., 1916-17, p.278

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