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Francis Dixon Bumsted

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Francis Dixon Bumsted (c1848-1929) of Bumsted and Chandler

1929 Obituary [1]

FRANCIS DIXON BUMSTED had been a Member of the Institution for thirty-eight years at the time of his death on 3rd December 1929, in his eighty-second year.

He was educated at King's College, London, and served his apprenticeship at the works of the Fairfield Shipbuilding Company, then known as Messrs. Elders, at Glasgow.

In 1873, in conjunction with Mr. Fred Bradley of Kidderminster, he built and equipped the Cannock Chase Engine Works at Hednesford, and he continued as sole proprietor for some years. He became the patentee of the well-known square-bottom paper-bag making machines, and installed the first colliery electric light equipment in the Midlands in 1879, at the Earl of Shrewsbury's Brereton Collieries.

In 1890 he entered into partnership with Mr. Noel Chandler, the patentee of the well-known single-acting high-speed engines, and the firm became known as Messrs. Bumsted and Chandler.

In 1908 it was converted into a limited liability company to continue the manufacture of high-speed engines, mine-ventilating fans, pumps, paper-bag machines, etc.

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