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1803 Born in Worksworth, Derby. His father, Joseph, was a Civil Engineer and the builder of Cox's Lead Works and Shot Tower.
Educated at Repton Grammar School
1826 Moved to Nottingham
Inventions - Rotary Steam Engine; Rotary Stocking Frame; Self Acting Damper Regulator for regulating the draught of Boiler Furnaces; a Spring Safety Valve; a Magnetic Water Gauge for indicating the height of water in steam boilers and a portable gas apparatus for use in public and domestic situations.
One of the first Engineers to construct Barges made of forged plates for canal traffic. A portrait of Sydney Smith, and a drawing of the original pressure gauge invented by him, are to be seen by permission at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, St. James's Park, London.
1847 He invented the Steam Pressure Gauge, which led to the foundation of the firm. George Stephenson had one of these gauges attached to one of his own steam boilers to test it and then promoted its use.
1851 Sydney Smith 47, patent indicator maker, employing 13 men, lived in Hyson Green with Ann Smith 45, Joseph Smith 23, patent indicator maker, Samuel Smith 21, patent indicator maker, John Smith 16, patent indicator maker, Isaac Smith 11, William Smith 9, Mary Ann Smith 19, `Elizabeth Smith 14
1854 of Hyson Green Works, patent on Improvements in apparatus for insuring the correct action of the safety valve of steam boilers, and for regulating the action of the dampers of steam-boilers
1861 Sydney Smith 58, engineer employing 15 men and 5 boys, widower, lived in Sherwood with Samuel Smith 30, Elizabeth Smith 22, Isaac Smith 20, William Smith 18
1862 Pressure and vacuum gauges (patented by Sydney Smith)
1862 The Firm’s name was changed to Smith Brothers and Co
1865 Married Charlotte Cockayne in Derby
1871 Sidney Smith 63, retired engineer, lived in Sherwood with Charlotte Smith 62
1882 Death of Sydney Smith