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Christian Augustus Henry Allhusen

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Christian Allhusen (1806-1890), chemical manufacturer and financier

c.1806 Born in Kiel

Worked in Rostock; a colleague in the same office was Mr Bolckow.

c.1825 Arrived in England from Germany, having been dispossessed by Napoleon's army. Two of his brothers had already arrived and found jobs with Campbell and Reveley, grain merchants. Christian joined them.

1827 With Henry Bolckow, they set up as general merchants and insurance brokers

1839 Allhusen saw an opportunity in making alum and took over a small soap and chemical works. Bolckow moved into iron making with John Vaughan as Bolckow, Vaughan and Co.

The company name was changed to Allhusen, Turner and Co.

1846 Company name changed to C. Allhusen and Co and later changed to C. Allhusen and Sons. Allhusen was not a chemist but adopted innovatory methods and used commercial skill to promote his products.

1872 His company became a limited liability company, the Newcastle Chemical Works Co[1].

He developed a process for recovering suplhur from vat waste which was to have widespread application. He generally was interested in any way of reducing waste/improving economy

He became a promoter and director of water companies,; was also director of a railway company, hotels and other companies.

1890 Died a millionaire

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 15 January 1872
  • Some founders of the chemical industry, by J Fenwick Allen, 1907 [1]