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John Slater

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John Slater Group, of East India Avenue, London EC3

1889 John Slater was born near Bolton, Lancs. After starting work as an office boy in a colliery at age 14, he was manager by the time he was 19[1].

c.1909 Mr John Slater married and became joint owner with his father-in-law of a coal business (in Bolton?).

1917 By this time John Slater was reported to have made a "very large fortune"[2].

1918 At the end of the war the company bought Murdoch and Murray which had a yard in Brown Street, Port Glasgow, neighbours to Ferguson Brothers. The directors of the yard were James and George Murray, John Slater and his wife Mrs A. E. Slater.

John Slater Group bought Ferguson Brothers at Newark Yard, Port Glasgow, who built cargo ships, hopper dredgers, and the exploration ship Discovery II.

1919 John Slater of John Slater (London) Ltd acquired a controlling interest in Amalgamated Industrials and increased its capital to £5million in order to merge his existing interests into the company - these were Murdoch and Murray and Ferguson Brothers on the Clyde, the new Haden collieries, the Berry Hill collieries, Kelsall Brothers and Beeching, steam trawler operators and fish merchants, a controlling interest in International Marine Insurance Co and City Life Insurance Co as well as John Slater (London) Ltd which owned several shipping lines[3].

1919 John Slater explained to an EGM of Amalgamated Industrials that the company had constructed a chain of companies from coal, through steel to ship building and ship owning; the one that did not fit was cotton spinning. Announced further acquisition of spinning mill John Thomasson and Sons of Bolton[4].

1920 Manufacture of a vertical two-cycle Rackham oil engine rated at 5 bhp at 650 rpm. The selling agents were Headon and Marshall. [5]

1923 John Slater (Stoke) Ltd was formed as enamel sanitary fire clay manufacturers[6].

1927 the John Slater Group collapsed and the Castle Street yard was sold to James Lamont who closed the yard until 1938.

1932 John Slater elected as MP for Eastbourne[7].

1933 Berry Hill Brickworks Ltd was floated as a public company, including the New Haden Brickworks; the vendor company was John Slater Ltd[8].

1935 Johnson and Slater Ltd formed to acquire and operate as going concerns John Slater (Stoke) Ltd and Alfred Johnson and Son Ltd, of Queenborough, Kent, sanitary eartheware manufacturers; Berry Hill Collieries Ltd were the vendors[9].

1935 John Slater died[10].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 18 February 1935
  2. The Times, 18 February 1935
  3. The Times, 10 October 1919
  4. The Times, 23 October 1919
  5. A-Z of British Stationary Engines by Patrick Knight. Published 1999. ISBN 1 873098 50 2
  6. The Times, 11 February 1935
  7. The Times, 18 February 1935
  8. The Times, 27 November 1933
  9. The Times, 11 February 1935
  10. The Times, 18 February 1935