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Auster of Crown Works, Barford Street, Birmingham

Formerly Thomas Auster and Co

1897 Incorporated as a limited company.

1900-1940s Sometime in this period they were makers of windscreens, locks etc

1914 Manufacturers of coach and motor axles, springs, ironwork and every description of body fittings. Specialities: motor wind shields and body accessories. Employees 400. [1]

1914 Managing Directors: Alfred W. Auster and Arthur C. Auster. Secretary: Leslie W. Auster. Staff: 400.

1919 January. Advert for Wind Shields. States 'Pioneers and patentees of wind shields, hood, seats, and motor and coach fittings. For 80 years pre-eminent as makers of carriage axles, springs, ironwork and wheels'. [2]

1922 Chairman: W. H. Davis. Directors: A. W. Auster and A. C. Auster (Managing).

1937 Aeroplane screens. "Auster" Aircraft Accessories. [3]

1939 See Aircraft Industry Suppliers

1953 Directors: W. W. Small (Chairman). Mrs. C. J. Bunce. E. J. Davies. Secretary: T. F. Holman.

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Sources of Information

  • Birmingham’s Industrial Heritage by Ray Shill. Published by Sutton Publishing 2002. ISBN 0-7509-2593-0