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Edward Seller

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Edward Seller (1856-1914)

1916 Obituary [1]

EDWARD SELLER was born in Chester on 10th September 1856.

He was educated privately, and served his premium apprenticeship as an engineer under the London and North Western Railway Co. at Crewe Works.

He was then employed at the Marine Engine Works of the Barrow Shipbuilding Co., and later engaged in similar engineering work at Leith and Aberdeen.

Subsequently he removed to London, where he was employed as draughtsman by Messrs. Simpson and Co., Pimlico, and by Messrs. Willans and Robinson, Thames Ditton.

In 1896 he became chief draughtsman and designer to the late Mr. Charles Ingrey.

From 1901 to 1910 he was chief draughtsman in the Engineering Department of Messrs. William Cory and Son, Erith, designing and superintending the erection of the transporter conveyors used on their wharves for rapid coaling. Similar conveyors were designed by him for the use of the Admiralty at Rochester, Portsmouth, and elsewhere.

At the time of his decease he was engaged in the Conveyor Department of Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox, Engineers, London. One of his later inventions was an ingenious machine for cask and barrel making.

His death took place at Erith on 27th October 1914, at the age of fifty-eight. He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1906.

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