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Arthur Marshall Chambers

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c.1843 Born, son of John Chambers

Managing Director of Newton, Chambers and Co and Thorncliffe Ironworks and Collieries, as well as President of the Coalowners Federation of Great Britain.

1898 of Belmont, Chapeltown, Ecclesfield, Yorkshire, died at Scarborough[1]

1898 Obituary [2]

ARTHUR MARSHALL CHAMBERS died very suddenly on August 29, 1898, at the age of fifty-five. He was managing director of the firm of Newton, Chambers & Co., proprietors of the Thorncliffe Collieries and Ironworks, and was President of the Institution of Mining Engineers and of the Federated Coal-owners of Great Britain. He was one of the best known men in the coal and iron trades of the kingdom.

The principal occasion upon which his name came before the general public was during the great Midland coal strike of 1890. In the district where Messrs. Newton, Chambers & Co.'s works are situate he was very popular. Notwithstanding the many calls upon his time, he interested himself in the affairs of Chapeltown and neighbourhood, and on the school boards and local councils did all he could to advance the welfare of his workpeople.

He was a justice of the peace, was President of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in 1891, and in 1896 was elected Chairman of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Bank.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1876.

1898 Obituary[3]

"...late Mr. Chambers was the last surviving son of Mr. John Chambers, of Belmont, Chapel town, and a direct descendant of one of the gentlemen who founded the firm a century ago. The history of Messrs. Newton, Chambers, and Company, Limited, is practically the history of the iron industry in South Yorkshire, and largely of the coal trade in that part of the country.

On January 2nd, 1894, was celebrated the centenary of the Thorncliffe Ironworks and Collieries. The lease granting the site for an erection of the ironworks was signed on the 13th day of December, 1793, and the first sod was turned and active operations commenced on New Year's Day, 1794. The founders of the firm were Mr. George Newton, a native of Staindrop, in the county of Durham, and Mr. Thomas Chambers, son of Mr. John Chambers, who lived at Rawmarsh, Yorkshire, in the beginning of the last..."[More].

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