George Stewart was a civil engineer who qualified in England by means of an apprenticeship. In December 1913 he was appointed as lecturer in civil engineering at the South African College, Cape Town (from 1918 the University of Cape Town) under Professor Alfred E. Snape*. He was particularly interested in the construction of roads and harbours and did some limited consulting work. In 1914 he contributed a paper on 'Coffer dams' to the Proceedings of the South African Society of Civil Engineers. Professor Snape and he were largely responsible for keeping the society functioning, with Stewart serving as honorary secretary from 1915 to 1937. By the latter year the duties of the honorary secretary had increased to such an extent that it was decided to appoint a paid secretary.