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F. N. Gisborne

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Frederick Newton Gisborne (1824-1892) - associated with submarine cables and the telegraph.

1824 Born Darley, Derbyshire, son of Hartley Packer (or Peel) Gisborne, (1801-1882) Merchant

1851 Proposed a plan to shorten the communication between Europe and America by making St. John's, Newfoundland, a port of call for Atlantic steamers, and constructing a telegraph from thence to join the American lines. His company, however, failed to carry out the undertaking and was taken over by the founders of the Atlantic Telegraph Co[1]

1857 Married for second time, in Manchester Cathedral, to Henrietta Hernaman in Manchester[2]

1865 of 445, West Strand, London, W.C. At the Dublin Exhibition, showed a patented system of electric signals.[3]. His system of telegraphic apparatus was exhibited by the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co - it was designed for rapid communication between the captain, helmsman, and engineer onboard ship.[4]

1871 Living in Kensington, London with his wife and 3 children[5]

1881 Living in Canada with his family

1892 Died in Ontario, Canada; superintendent of Canadian telegraphs[6]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1863/02/06
  2. Manchester Marriages and Banns
  3. The Engineer 1865/10/13
  4. The Engineer 1865/11/17
  5. 1871 census
  6. The Times, Dec 31, 1892