Fraser and Chalmers
Anglo-American company specialising in boilers, engines, pumps, mining machinery etc.
of 23 Bucklersbury, London. (1889).
of 3 London Wall Buildings, London (1908).
of Erith, Kent
1872. Founded by Thomas Chalmers in Chicago.
1880 Employed more than 170 workers.
1890. Directed by William James Chalmers, (Thomas' son), it expanded its manufacturing to England and its sales worldwide. The company employed about 1,000 workers at its Chicago plant and had become one of the world's largest manufacturers of mining equipment. 
1890 The company was registered on 7 January, to acquire the entire capital, shares and bonds, of an American company, to whom the business of manufacturers of mining and other machinery of the firm of Fraser and Chalmers had been transferred, and also to extend the business by the erection of works in England. 
1906 Supplied winding engine for Penallta Colliery.
1914 Engineers. Specialities: mining machinery and power plants, boilers, engines and compressors, pumps, turbines; concentration, conveying, dredging, metallurgical, mining and miscellaneous plant. 
1918 After WW1, the turbine business was acquired by GEC. Practically all the staff transferred their services to the GEC, and carried on the business under the title of Fraser and Chalmers Engineering Works Proprietors The General Electric Company Ltd.
1959 Image. A Magnetic Separator of cross belt configuration, manufactured by the Fraser and Chalmers Engineering works, Erith, of the General Electric Co.
Sources of Information
- The Steam Engine in Industry by George Watkins in two volumes. Moorland Publishing. 1978/9. ISBN 0-903485-65-6
- Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia. Volume VIII. Engineering. Oxford University Press, 1955
- The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
- Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
- British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
- The Engineer of 4th August 1911 p126
- 1914 Whitakers Red Book
- The Engineer 1918/10/25 p 362
- 'Steam Boiler Construction' by Walter S. Hutton, 5th edition, Crosby Lockwood & Co, 1921