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Thomas Waterhouse

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Thomas Waterhouse (1821-1901)

1858 of Claremont Place, Sheffield.[1]


1901 Obituary [2]

THOMAS WATERHOUSE was born in Birmingham on 1st December 1821.

After receiving his education in Birmingham and Bristol, he commenced his business career in the capacity of agent in America for Messrs. W. and S. Butcher, of Sheffield.

Subsequently when Sir Frederick (then Mr.) Mappin purchased the business of Thomas Turton and Sons, at Sheaf Works, Sheffield, he went to assist that firm at Mr. Mappin's request, and remained there during a long course of years. On the conversion of the business into a private company, he became a director, though in later years failing health compelled him to lead a retired life.

Among his inventions was a compressed air forge-hammer and pile driver, which was brought out in 1855, and made at Gorton Foundry.

His death took place at his residence in Sheffield on 15th December 1900, at the ago of seventy-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1858.


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