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Julius Augustus Harvey

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Julius Augustus Harvey (1844-1904)

1904 Obituary [1]

JULIUS AUGUSTUS HARVEY was born at Halesworth, Suffolk, on 8th September 1844.

He received his education at a private school in Amsterdam and at Sassenheim, near Leyden.

In 1861 he was apprenticed at the Orwell Works of Messrs. Ransomes and Sims, of Ipswich, and on its termination in 1864 he went to Messrs. Whitmore and Sons, of Wickham Market, as general office manager.

In 1866 he travelled abroad for Messrs. Marshall, Sons and Co., of Gainsborough, returning in 1869 to Messrs. Ransome and Sims, of Ipswich, as export representative. He remained in the employ of the latter firm until 1891, when he was obliged to go abroad on account of ill-health.

He 1895 he established himself in business in London under the style of Julius Harvey and Co., as engineering expert, specialising in mining machinery, and later in steam wagons for heavy transport.

In 1897, having brought a steam-propelled vehicle to the notice of the postal authorities, he secured the first contract for the conveyance of mails by this means, namely, from London to Benin, similar contracts being carried out by him subsequently.

His death took place suddenly at his residence in London, on 21st July 1904, in his sixtieth year.

He was elected an Associate of this Institution in 1896, being transferred to full Membership in 1903.

He was also a Founder Member of the Automobile Club.

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