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1905 Obituary 
FREDERICK CHARLES SOUTHWELL was born at Wisbech on 26th September 1845.
He was educated with the view to becoming a solicitor, but afterwards, partly on account of considerations connected with his health, he decided on a commercial career.
For a time he was in the offices of Messrs. Dawbarn and Co., Liverpool, and became associated with a cousin in partnership, both of them in 1869 joining Mr. Ralph Mellard, of the Trent Ironworks, Rugeley. The firm carried out several contracts for ironwork, and did a large trade in agricultural implements and machinery.
Upon the business being turned into a company, under the title of Southwell and Co., be became managing partner.
Upon the death of Mr. Richard Hornsby three years afterwards, he was appointed manager, and on the conversion of the firm into a company in 1879 he became general manager. This position he held for sixteen years, acquiring a varied experience both at home and abroad.
In 1895 he started in business on his own account in London, and soon built up a connection as agent for various American agricultural implements.
His death took place in London on 1st November 1905, at the ago of sixty.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1885.