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Charles Moseley

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Charles Moseley (1840-1887), manager of David Moseley and Sons with his brother, Joseph Moseley

1840 March 27th. Born in Manchester the son of David Moseley

1851 Living at 4 Rusholme Road, Chorlton upon Medlock: Dd Moseley (age 43 born Cawthorne, Yorks), Indian Rubber Manufacturer, 3 men employed - Widower. With his two sons Josh Moseley (age 15 born Manchester) and Charles Moseley (age 11 born Manchester). One servant [1]

Director of the Edison Electric Light Co and chairman of the Lancashire and Cheshire Telephonic Exchange Co

1887 October 1st. Died. Late of Grangethorpe, Rusholme, Indiarubber and Gutta Percha Manufacturer. Probate to Henry Fairclough, David Moseley, Joseph Moseley (brother).

1897 Obituary [2]

By the death of Mr. C. Moseley, which took place on Saturday night, Manchester has lost one of its most prominent and useful citizens. Mr. Moseley had been unwell for some time, and had recently suffered a good deal from insomnia. His condition, however, had never caused any serious alarm, and so well was he on Friday that he attended a meeting of the Manchester Ship Canal Company, in which he took a most active interest. It is to be feared that his enthusiasm in the enterprise with which his name will always be associated, far exceeded his physical strength. Shortly after the assembling of the meeting at 12 o'clock he complained of being ill and said he would have to leave. His illness unfortunately attacked him so suddenly that he was prostrated at once and could not be removed to his residence, Grangethorpe, Rusholme, for five hours. The best medical advice proved of no avail, and despite the attentions of Sir William Roberts, Dr. Dreschfeld, and Dr. Yeats, he expired at 9 20 on Saturday evening. The cause of death was perforation of the stomach.

Mr. Moseley was the son of the late Mr. David Moseley, Ardwick, who founded the existing firm of Messrs. David Moseley and Sons, which after his death was carried on his sons, Mr. Joseph Moseley, and the late Mr. Charles Moseley. The deceased gentleman was 47 years of age.

In addition to his connection with the firm, he was also largely interested in telephonic matters. He was a director and chairman of the Lancashire and Cheshire Telephonic Exchange Company, Limited and made some very valuable improvements in relation to telephony, which he was the first to introduce into this district. Owing his position in the company he was prominently concerned in the disputes with the Government with reference to the infringements of Government rights and the acceptance of reasonable terms.

Mr. Moseley was appointed a justice the peace for the city about 12 months ago. He leaves a widow and three children.

Although Mr. Moseley was well known by reason of his connection with the eminent firm indiarubber manufacturers, he will perhaps best remembered for the active interest he took in the Manchester Ship Canal and the Manchester Royal Jubilee Exhibition. He became prominently associated with the former enterprise at a critical period in its history, namely, when a town's meeting was held to consider the project. At that meeting it was decided appoint a committee, consisting of the most influential gentlemen of the city, to make an independent investigation into the scheme, and it was not unnaturally expected that the report of a body which comprised many prominent citizens who had previously held aloof, and who might therefore be supposed to have some prejudice the matter would have important bearing the future prospects of the undertaking. Of this committee, presided over by Alderman Goldschmidt, Mr. Moseley was appointed deputy chairman, and an evidence of the energy and conscientiousness he threw into the investigation is to be found the complimentary remarks of the Deputy Mayor on the presentation of committee's report, read by the deceased gentleman, the adjourned town's meeting called to receive and consider it. His interest the proceedings of the company, of which at a later meeting he was appointed a director, was maintained to the last. In the absence of Lord Egerton and Sir Joseph Lee, the chairman and vice-chairman the board, he presided at nearly all the directors' meetings, and the scheme had more enthusiastic supporter. His connection with the Royal Jubilee Exhibition was marked the same enthusiasm and thoroughness. He became associated with at the outset, and was one of the original guarantors, of whose council he was a member. When the Exhibition took a practical form was appointed chairman of the Music, Electric Lighting, Refreshment, and Gardens Committee, and much of the success which, in spite of many difficulties, has attended the operations of that committee is due to his energetic control. He was also a member of the Works Section Committee, and as member of the Executive Committee, he took and continuous interest all departments of the Exhibition.

Mr Moseley was a Conservative politics, but he took prominent part political matters. The funeral will take place 12 noon on Wednesday next, the Southern Cemetery. The arrangements are the hands of Messrs. Kendal, Milne, and Co., of this city.

1887 Obituary [3]

"...Mr. Charles Moseley was for many years little known to the general public, and it was not until some eight or nine years ago that his interest in the telephone induced him to step forward into public life. He at one time contemplated establishing a private telephonic exchange in this city, but after the amalgamation of the Edison and Bell companies he was induced to accept overtures from the Lancashire and Cheshire Company which resulted in his appointment as their chairman..."

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Monday 03 October 1887
  3. The Engineer 1887/10/07