I.W. (Ian) Tweddell

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Ian Tweddell, ALS

Ian was involved in the survey of mineral claims from 1952 to 1956, all in the Lake Athabasca area of Saskatchewan.

1952 - Surveyed the Pat claims for National Exploration Limited at Beaverlodge, in Group 74 N.

1956 - Again in Group 74 N, when he did many claims for Cayzor Athabasca Mines and St. Michael Uranium Mines.

Both these mines had short life spans. National opened in 1954, started shipping ore in 1957, but was closed in 1958. St, Michael Mines also opened in the late fifty's but was closed in 1960.

Mr. Tweddell commenced his university courses before the war and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as an observer from 1941. His aircraft was shot down over Germany in 1943 and he spent two years in a prisoner of war camp. Upon his discharge, he continued his studies and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Civil Engineering in 1948.

During his undergraduate years he worked on various surveys in the North, one with a Dominion topographical survey party in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

In 1949 he joined Kent Phillips & Associates Engineers and Surveyors, Saskatoon. In 1950, he secured his Saskatchewan Land Surveyors' commission after being articled to Geoff Hamilton, DLS, SLS, ALS, and his Dominion Land Surveyors' commission in 1951. Because the firm was also working in Alberta he obtained his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor in 1952.

In 1957 he returned to the University as a lecturer and then went to the University of Manitoba for his master's degree in planning. He returned to the University of Saskatchewan and became a full professor shortly before his untimely death.

I was well acquainted with Ian since we worked together on many Northern Saskatchewan surveys before 1949 and then again when we were with Kent Phillips, and Geoff Hamilton, working out of Edmonton, Alberta, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from 1950 to 1954.

The summer of 1948 saw Ian and myself involved in surveying the new townsites of Creighton, Candle Lake, Denare Beach and other sites for the Department of Natural Resources under the instructions of the Controller of Survey, Mr. A.I. Bereskin, DLS, SLS.

Ian was President of the Saskatchewan Surveyors' Association, holding that position in 1968. The Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association sponsors the Tweddell Award at the University of Saskatchewan.

He passed away in 1975.

Source: Muskegs, Outcrops and 40 Below by Jack Webb, ALS (Hon. Life)