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Arthur William Spence

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Arthur William Spence (1863-1928) of William Spence and Son

son of William Spence

1928 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR WILLIAM SPENCE devoted the whole of his engineering career to the development of the firm of Messrs. William Spence and Son, founded by his father, one of the largest engineering concerns in Southern Ireland.

Mr. Spence took out several notable patents, amongst whirls may be mentioned his patent rotary mounting for church bells and his Cooper's bench. Machinery and appliances for the use of brewers and distillers took a prominent place among his manufactures, but these included steam-engines and boilers of all kinds, and constructional steel-work.

Mr. Spence made and erected in Dublin the largest mash tuns in the world, and some of his chief exhibition successes were won with his shunting locomotive engine for narrow-gauge railways. Bell-founding was another part of his work.

Mr. Spence was born in Dublin in 1863 and died at Bath, where he had retired owing to caused by the strain of war work and the subsequent unsettled conditions in Ireland, on 29th January 1928.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1893 and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers of Ireland.

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