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Arthur Cleaver

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Arthur Cleaver (1842-1907)

1907 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR CLEAVER was born at Old Radford, Nottingham, in 1842.

Having been trained as an engineer, he went out to New Zealand and stayed there about five years. During that period the Maori war broke out, and he enlisted in readiness to take part in it.

On his return to England he pursued his vocation as an engineer, millwright, and machinist, in Nottingham, in conjunction with his brother, and subsequently added the business of wagon builder and repairer.

In 1875 he gave up this work to take a share in forming the Nottingham Laundry Co., of which he ultimately became proprietor.

Having always taken great interest in the government of his native city, he consented to be a candidate for municipal honours, and was elected a Councillor in 1901. On the expiration of his term of office he was returned unopposed, and in 1906 he was elected Mayor. At the time of his death he was identified with two of the largest municipal undertakings, namely the electricity and water supplies, and of the former committee he was vice-chairman.

In 1905 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the city of Nottingham, and in 1907 acted as Deputy-Mayor.

His death took place at his residence in Nottingham, after a lingering illness, on 7th September 1907, at the age of sixty-five.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1890.

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