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R. Venner

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Robert Francis Sidebottom Venner, electrical engineer, inventor of the time switch

1861 Robert Francis Venner was born in Paddington, son of Captain Francis John Sidebottom Venner (d.1876[1]) and his wife Flora[2]

c.1890 Arthur Molyneux Sillar went into partnership with Mr. R. Venner

1891 Electrical engineer, living with his mother Flora and sisters in South Norwood[3]

1901 Electrical engineer - self employed - living in Brixton with Pamela A Venner 26, Pamela Venner 7[4]

1906 Formation of company - see Venner

1911 Robert Francis Venner, electrical engineer, inventor, manufacturer and agent, living in Croydon with Ethel Wright Venner 28, Robert Venner 5, Francis Herbert Venner 4, Flora Vera Venner 9 mo[5]

1911 Incorporation of the business as Venner Time Switches Ltd

1916 Died in Brixton

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Sources of Information

  1. National Probate Calendar
  2. Parish Records
  3. 1891 census
  4. 1901 census
  5. 1911 census