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William Gardner

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William Gardner (1849-1918) of the Vauxhall Ironworks Co and Vauxhall

1918 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM GARDNER was born at Johnstone in 1849, and was educated at Annan Academy and in Glasgow.

From 1866 to 1871 he served an apprenticeship at the locomotive works of the Caledonian Railway Co., St. Rollox, and at the marine engineering works of Messrs. John Elder and Co., Glasgow.

He then spent twelve years at sea in the service of the Cunard Co. and British India Steam Navigation Co., returning to England in 1883, when he became a director of the Vauxhall Ironworks Co., London.

On the formation of the Vauxhall Motors Co., he held the position of chairman, while retaining the managing directorship of the parent firm.

He was also a director of Edwards and Co., shipbuilders, of Millwall, and besides these interests he was concerned for many years in various mining properties in South Africa, Canada, and British Columbia. For some years he had suffered from ill-health and had practically retired from active business.

His death took place in London on 1st June 1918, at the age of sixty-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1899.

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