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Thomas Henderson (1843-1896)

The Henderson stoker, which incorporated George Frederick Deacon additions, contains still further improvements on that invented by Dillwyn Smith and the two interests are now merged in the Mechanical Stoker Co. [1]


1896 Obituary [2]

THOMAS HENDERSON was born on 22nd July 1843 at Linlithgow, Scotland.

In 1860 he commenced serving an apprenticeship with Messrs. David McDowall, Dublin, and upon its completion went to Messrs. Courtney, Stephens and Co., Dublin, for a short time, and then to Messrs. Easton, Amos, and Anderson, Erith, for about two years.

In 1867 he was engaged with Messrs. Walpole, Webb, and Bewley, Dublin, for a short time; and in 1868 he became associated in Liverpool with the late Mr. Dillwyn Smith in the designing and construction of mechanical stokers and furnaces for steam boilers.

Afterwards be devoted his whole time and attention to designing and manufacturing mechanical stokers, self-cleaning furnace-bars, air-circulating furnace-fronts, and appliances for the economical use of fuel and for the abatement of the smoke nuisance. His automatic self-cleaning furnaces are extensively used in the boilers of steamships with highly satisfactory results; and ho had recently designed an automatic stoker for feeding boilers in saw-mills with sawdust and chippings from wood-working machinery, which has proved most efficient and a great benefit to saw-mill proprietors.

His death took place at Southport after a brief illness, on 26th June 1896, in his fifty-third year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.


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