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George Saunders

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George Saunders worked with John O'Kelly in Holland in 1725. He may have been with him at Liege in 1720.

1730 Arrived in Hainaut to set up steam engines at the Vedrin-lez-Namur silver and lead mine.

1741 The Vedrin venture proved uneconomic, and Saunders moved to Charleroi, where he erected an engine.

At least two of Saunders' assistants put the expertise gained under him to good use after leaving Vedrin. Lambert Rorive erected his first engine at Montegnée in 1738, and in 1745 built the famous machine at Bois de Bossu. Robert Fastré set up an engine at Auvergnies c.1739-40.


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Sources of Information

  • 'A new technology and its diffusion: steam engine construction in Europe 1720 - c.1780 (Part 2) by G. J. Hollister-Short, Industrial Archaeology, Vol 13 No. 2, Summer 1978
  • 'Some Aspects of Evolution and Diffusion in European Technology 1450-1750'. PhD Thesis, Graham John Hollister-Short, Imperial College, June 1976, p.294 ff. Avaialable online.