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William Davie Burlinson

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William Davie Burlinson (1802-1861) of John Burlinson and Co

1858 of Milfield Engine Works, Sunderland.[1]


1862 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM DAVIE BURLINSON was born at Durham in 1802; and after serving his time with Messrs. John Burlinson and Co., engineers and millwrights, Sunderland, became a member of the firm in 1830, in which he took an active part.

He erected machinery for the shipment of coals at several sea ports, his father having been the inventor of this description of machinery; and he gave great attention to the manufacture of machinery for making hemp and wire ropes, including the machines for making the Atlantic submarine telegraph cable.

His health had been declining for upwards of three years previous to his death, which took place on 4 September 1861, at the age of fifty-nine.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1858.


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