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William Anthony Matthews

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William Anthony Matthews (1813-1872)

1847 Of Spring Works, Sheffield - presumably Turton Brothers and Matthews


1873 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM ANTHONY MATTHEWS was born on 14th August 1813 in Malta, his father being an officer in the army.

At an early age be came to Sheffield, where he resided until his death, which took place on 19th July 1872 in the fifty-ninth year of his age.

For upwards of twenty-five years he was an active partner in the firm of Messrs. Thomas Turton and Sons, of the Sheaf Steel Works, which owed much of its reputation to his labours.

In 1852 and 1853 he was both Mayor and Master Cutler of Sheffield, being the first to hold the two offices together.

He was one of those who accompanied Mr. Cobden to Paris, as a deputation from the Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the commercial treaty with France; and in 1862 he was a juror at the London Exhibition.

During the last few years of his life he retired from business on account of ill health.

He became a Member of the institution in 1847.



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