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AN EXTENSIVE AND IMPORTANT FAMILY ARCHIVE Comprising Photograph Albums, Correspondence, Estate Accounts, and related Ephemeraincluding a draft family tree.

Lankester (George James Rayner) , ()1888 - 1975) Durban, Simon's Town and Cape Town, South Africa Dock Engineer ;- The Fine Collection comprises no less than 10 Family Photograph Albums depicting evolving episodes and images of life in South Africa and elsewhere. Early aviation, natives, engineering, topography and family members feature prominently. Also,19th and 20th Century correspondence, documents, estate books, manuscript notebook, some early Cape Newspapers, an album of Stamp First Day covers, individual Photographs (including a fine framed image of the Cape Town Dock under construction), maps and a United South African Annual or 1937. Lankester joined South African Railways & Harbours Board immediately after the First World War on Railway construction in Natal. Thereafter he transferred to the Harbours section in Durban where he served under the late W.R. Crabtree (whose daughter he married) in the construction of the Congella Dry Dock. He was involved in construction of the Durban Graving Dock, 1920 - 1925 and the Reclamation scheme in Table Bay. In the early 1930's, he was transferred to Cape Town as an assistant Harbour Engineer under the late J.F. Craig. Here his responsibilities were involved with the construction of new works, The Duncan Dock and the Sturrock Dry Dock. He succeeded J.F. Craig as Harbour Engineer and held this position until his retirement in June 1948 at the age of 60. He then joined Ninham Shand and Partners,Consulting Civil Engineers, with whom he remained actively involved until the ripe old age of 84.