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William Carson (1837-1916), managing director of the Whitecross Co

1880 Engineer, Wallasey Local Board, Egremont, Birkenhead


1916 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM CARSON died at his residence, Bryn Estyn, Hough Green, Chester, on February 5, 1916, at the age of eighty years. Mr. Carson was educated at "Phillips," Clifton, one of the two schools which formed the nucleus of Clifton College, and later served his time as a premium pupil with Messrs. Thomas & George Thompson of Glasgow.

His first public appointment was as manager of the Cork Steamship Company, and in 1863 he became engineer and manager of the Wallasey Ferries. During the time he held this position he designed the Egremont Ferry, and was awarded the Telford prize of the Institution of Civil Engineers, of which body he was a member for some years.

He came to Warrington thirty-eight years ago as managing director of the Whitecross Company, in which position he threw a great deal of skill and. energy into his duties. On relinquishing this position, owing to failing health, he was appointed chairman of the Company. He took a great deal of interest in local affairs, and showed his interest in the welfare of workmen at Whitecross in a variety of ways.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1880.


1916 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM CARSON died at Chester on the 5th February, 1916, in his eightieth year.

He had been managing director of the Whitecross Company, engineers and wire-manufacturers, Warrington, for a period of 38 years, and was appointed Chairman shortly before his death.

Early in his career he had been successively Engineer and Manager to the Cork Steamship Company, and Engineer and Ferries Manager to the Wallasey Local Board, for whom he designed and carried out pier and other work on the Mersey.

Mr. Carson was elected a Member on the, 5th December, 1876.


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