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Papers of W.R.W. Ferguson, water engineer in Africa

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MS. 15899
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  1. File 1: 'The Siting and Construction of "Hafirs" (Hausa-Tapkis) in the Sudan and their Possible Application to Nigeria' by W.R.W. Ferguson, 1948; 'Development of Community Water Supplies in parts of West Africa' by W.R.W. Ferguson, 1961; 'The Development of Community Water Supplies in Ghana' by W.R.W. Ferguson, Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, 1962; two versions of Ferguson's curriculum vitae, c. 1958 and 1963
  2. File 2: photographs of water engineering works in Ghana, 1954-1956, including the Governor's visit to R.W.D. Kumasi in April 1956
  3. File 3: 32 photographs of water engineering projects and staff in Ghana, 1950s


  • Creation: 1948-1963


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. 15899

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15899


Papers of W.R.W. Walton, water engineer in Africa.

Biographical / Historical

William Russel Walton Ferguson was born in Nottingham, England, on 3 March 1910. He was educated at Cranleigh School, Surrey, and Sheffield University where he was a Derbyshire Mining Major Scholar.

After qualifiying as a certified colliery manager and surveyor he worked at Afriston Gold Mines in the Gold Coast, 1935-1936, and then became a water supply engineer for the Geological Survey of Nigeria from 1937 to 1947. From September 1939 to January 1946 he was on war service with the West and East African Engineers, serving in the East African and Burma campaigns. After the war he worked for the Public Works Department in Nigeria, finishing as Chief Water Engineer for Northern Nigeria, 1954-1955. From 1955 to 1961 he worked in Ghana, firstly as Director of Rural Water Development and then as Chief Engineer of the Water Supplies Division. From 1961 he worked as a senior advisor to the World Health Organisation.

Ferguson died on 10 June 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the nephew of W.R.W. Ferguson in 2019.

Catalogue of the Papers of W.R.W. Ferguson, water engineer in Africa
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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Repository Details

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