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Edward Noyes

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Edward Noyes (1859-1920)

1920 Obituary [1]

EDWARD NOYES was born on 17th July 1859 at Creators, Northampton, and was educated at the Congregational School, Lewisham, London.

He was apprenticed to Messrs. Collings and Wallis, Birmingham, from 1876 to 1881, and was manager for McLean Bros. and Rigg, in Melbourne and London, from 1881 to 1888.

In 1889 he joined his brother Henry in founding the firm of Noyes Brothers, engineers and merchants, in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. He was a pioneer in Australia and New Zealand in the advocacy of electric energy for traction and power purposes, and his firm designed and constructed the Dunedin Corporation Tramways with the hydro-electric power plant on the Waipori River, transmitting the current thirty-four miles; and this was the first undertaking of the kind in New Zealand.

The firm also designed and constructed the Freemantle Tramways in West Australia, and equipped many mines and factories with generating plants and electric driving, such as the Ipswich Government Workshops, Queensland, the works of Messrs. Michaelis Hallenstein and Co., Melbourne, etc.

In recent years he took an active part in the formation of the New South Wales Lime and Cement Co., Ltd.; the Queensland Lime and Cement Co., Ltd; the Austral Bronze Co., Ltd., and the Sydney Export Co., whose works concentrate the ores of molybdenum, wolfram, bismuth, and other rare metals.

The firm of Noyes Bros. developed into the companies of Noyes Bros. (Sydney), Ltd., of which he was governing director, and of Noyes Bros. (Melbourne), Ltd., of which he was chairman.

His death took place at Medlow, N.S.W., on 5th March 1920, in his sixty-first year.

He became an Associate of this Institution in 1902.

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