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Nowrosjee Nesserwanjee Wadia

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Nowrosjee Nesserwanjee Wadia (1849-1899)

Modern spelling: Nowroji Nusserwanji Wadia

In 1879 he established the Wadia textile enterprise with the Bombay Dyeing and Manufacturing Co, after which the organisation grew rapidly.[1]


1900 Obituary [2]

The Hon. Nowrosjee Nesserwanjee Wadia, C.I.E., use born in Bombay in 1849.

He was sent to England to be educated, and returned to his native country at the age of seventeen, when he became assistant engineer under his father at the Royal Mills, Bombay. He was soon appointed manager of the Royal Albert Mill, and while there turned his attention to the construction of machinery for paper-making.

In order to study the subject thoroughly he came back again to England.

On his return to India in 1871 he was appointed manager of the Maneckjee Petit Mills, and subsequently supervisor and consulting engineer to several mills of the same group. Later on he designed and built several other mills.

His English education had led him to see the necessity of technical instruction if India wished to compete successfully with Europe, and by his energies the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute in Bombay was established.

He was the pioneer of the hosiery and sewing-thread manufacture in India, and opened a dyeing manufactory at Mahim; he was the chief promoter of the City and Guilds examinations in Bombay, the chairman of the Joint Schools Committee, and was identified with a large number of the most successful establishments in the Bombay Presidency.

During Lord Reay's term of office he became a Member of the Legislative Council, and took a leading part in the passing of the Boiler and Factory Acts and in the legislation connected with the yarn duties. He also took is large part in municipal matters and served on many committees. In 1888 he was created a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire.

His death took place while in this country at Bournemouth on 19th December 1899, at the age of fifty.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1879.


1900 Obituary [3]




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Sources of Information

  1. 'The Making of India: The Untold Story of British Enterprise' by Kartar Lalvani, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016
  2. 1900 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  3. 1900 Institution of Civil Engineers: Obituaries