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Edward Wadham

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Edward Wadham (1828-1913)

1913 Obituary [1]

EDWARD WADHAM, born in 1828, died at Barrow-in-Furness on the 10th June, 1913.

He served a pupilage to the late John Harrison on railway construction in Devon.

In 1851 he was appointed mineral agent to the Duke of Buccleuch’s estates in Furness, and from that time until his death he was prominently associated with the mineral and industrial development of Barrow and district, being a director of the Barrow Hematite Co, the Walney Exploration Co, the Furness Railway Company and other undertakings. He was also three times Mayor of Barrow, and filled many other local offices.

Mr. Wadham was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 6th December, 1853, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 17th December, 1866, being thus connected with The Institution nearly 60 years.

1913 Obituary [2]

EDWARD WADHAM died at his residence, "Millwood," near Barrow-in-Furness, on June 10, 1913, at the age of eighty-five years. He was closely associated with the early history of Barrow, and, together with the late Sir James Ramsden, the late Mr. H. W. Schneider, and the late Mr. J. T. Smith, had much to do with the opening up of the iron and steel industry in Barrow.

For many years he was connected with the Barrow Hematite Steel Company, and for some time was one of the directors. He was also a director of the North Lonsdale Iron and Steel Company, and was also connected in its early days with the Barrow Steel Castings Company.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1870.

In 1903, during the visit of the Institute to Barrow, he served on the Local Reception Committee, and played a prominent part in the reception of the members.

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