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George William Hawksley

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George William Hawksley (c1836-1909), founder of Hawksley, Wild and Co


1909 Obituary 1[1]

THE death is announced of Mr. George William Hawksley, founder of the firm of Hawksley, Wild and Co, Brightside Boiler Works, Sheffield.

Mr. Hawksley was apprenticed to his uncle, a millwright at Owlerton, Sheffield, and subsequently went to the Hyde Boiler Works of Mr. Daniel Adamson. While engaged at Hyde he met Matthew Wild, who was then foreman in the boiler yard.

In 1860 these two gentlemen started the business at Sheffield, which developed into one of the most important boiler-making establishments in the country. At a later period Mr. Hawksley purchased two extensive dye works at Wakefield and Halifax. He was in his 74th year.


1910 Obituary [2]

GEORGE WILLIAM HAWKSLEY died on November 30, 1909, in his seventy-fourth year.

He was the founder of the firm of Messrs. Hawksley, Wild & Co., Brightside Boiler World, Sheffield. He was apprenticed to his uncle, a millwright at Owlerton, Sheffield, and subsequently went to Hyde Boiler Works of Mr. Daniel Adamson. While engaged at Hyde he met Mr. Matthew Wild, who was then foreman in the boiler yard.

In 1860 these two gentlemen started the business at Sheffield, whirls developed into one of the most important boiler-making establishments in the country. He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1883.


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