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Edward Curran

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Edward Curran (1881-1937), principal of Curran Brothers

1881 Born in Cardiff son of Charles Curran, a mason, and his wife Mary[1]

1891 Mary Curran (48 b Ireland), widow, lived in Cardiff with Charles Junior, 27, fitter, Ellen, 16, William, 14, office boy, Edward, 10, Eugene, 12, John, 5[2]

1894-1900 Apprenticed with Cardiff Railway Co

1900 Worked for Tunks Ltd, engineers, furnace and oven builders in Cardiff

1902 Worked for several firms as journeyman on furnace work and bakers' ovens.

1904 Invented and patented steam-heated baker's oven, the first of a number of patents

1904 Established business on own account. Invented and patented reverberatory furnace for heating ships plates and angles. Studied metallurgy and heat treatment of metals at home.

1910 Erected furnaces for all of the ship-repairing firms in the Bristol Channel.

1911 Edward Curran 30, employer, furnace builder for shipyards, tinplate works, boiler works, etc, lived in Cardiff with Mary Curran 32, Mary Patricia Curran 8, Phyllis Winifred Curran 6, Veronica Curran 3, Paul Eugene Curran 1[3]

1914 Furnace engineer and patentee, principal of Curran Brothers, furnace engineers, Bute Street, Cardiff, owner of Cardiff Foundry Co; elected to associate membership of I Mech E.

Chairman and Managing Director of Curran Brothers, Cardiff Foundry and Engineering Co, Curran Metals and Munitions Co, Edward Curran and Co

1918 Unsuccessfully contested Cardiff South for the Liberals[4]

1921 Member of I Mech E

1931 Liberal candidate for Aberavon in the General Election but was unsuccessful[5]

1937 Died in Portcawl[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1891 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. The Times Oct 16, 1931
  5. The Times Oct 28, 1931
  6. National probate calendar
  • Mechanical Engineer records