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J. W. Brooke of Adrian Ironworks, Lowestoft
John Walter Brooke was the son of an ironfounder
1870 He laid out the works of Robert Warner and Co
Brooke went to the USA where he spent time in Adrian, Michigan
1874 John Walter Brooke opened his own foundry on his return, and named it after Adrian, Michigan.
1887 Was making compound and triple expansion engines for fishing, coasting and other craft
1894 June. Royal Agricultural Society's Show. Clutch barrel hoist.
1898 The company became limited
1899 Built their first I.C. engine - a small two-stroke.
1902 April. Details of their three-cylinder car.
1904 September. Details of the automatic carburetter.
1905 Produced 15-20 h.p. four-cylinder, 25 h.p. six-cylinder and 35 h.p. four-cylinder models. 
1910 Gold medal at the Buenos Aire Exhibition for motors and inspection carriages
c1914 Introduced a four-stroke engine for marine use
1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Cars produced see the 1917 Red Book
1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices of Marine Motors see the 1917 Red Book
WWI Brooke established the Lowestoft Munitions Factory.
1925 Exhibited launches, and a range of motors designed for racing work, as well as the Brooke Empire motor and Brooklite self-contained lighting sets.
1934 J. W. Brooke and Co was renamed as Brooke Marine Construction Co