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Joel Horwood (1800 – 18 May 1864) was a mechanical engineer from Oldham, Lancashire, who arrived in Adelaide, South Australia in 1848. In 1849 he founded the Colonial Iron Works in Hindley Street, Adelaide. At least three of his four sons were educated at J. L. Young's Adelaide Educational Institution; all followed in the same line of business, initially with him, then in different parts of Australia. As Horwood and Son, then Horwood & Sons, he was able to supply the mining industry with urgently required equipment. With his death and changes in ownership, it became successively Horwood, Ellis & Stevens, Horwood & Ellis in 1866, then Ellis & Chittleborough in 1868. That firm failed and the business was taken over by James A. Whitfield in 1869. In 1856 his eldest son, also named Joel Horwood (1832 – 4 May 1900), opened a branch of Horwood & Sons in Vine Street, Bendigo (then called Sandhurst). He was a successful breeder of Shorthorn cattle and Cleveland and Clydesdale horses at his property "Bridgewater Park". 
Born 27 July 1800 at Horsley, Gloucestershire. Married Jemima Butler, c.1821 at Horsley. She was born in Baslow, Derbyshire in 1803. In 1841 they were living at Grosvenor Street, Oldham, where they had seven children: John 16, a millwright; Ann 14; Joel nine; Jemima seven; Sarah four; Thomas two and Joseph four months. In 1848 they arrived in Adelaide, South Australia on the ship Baboo. They lived in the city of Adelaide on Hindley-street west with their four sons and three daughters.