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George Nanson Williams

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George Nanson Williams (1875-1932)


1932 Obituary [1]


GEORGE NANSON WILLIAMS was superintendent and chief engineer to Messrs. W. and R. Jacob and Company of Liverpool, biscuit manufacturers, and during the eighteen years he was with the firm carried out various extensions and improvements, including the erection of the plant in their new factory at Aintree. He was later responsible for the change of their electrical equipment from direct-current to alternating-current operation. This was accomplished without the necessity of closing any part of the works. Mr. Williams devoted attention to the development of the use of gas on an extensive scale for biscuit-making.

He was born in Liverpool in 1875 and was apprenticed at the works of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company. He had considerable marine experience in all grades, gaining the Board of Trade certificates. During this period his duties included the superintending and management of refrigerating plant.

In 1913 he joined Messrs. W. Rowlandson and Company of Liverpool, hydraulic and general engineers, and became outside manager.

He left them to join Messrs. Jacob, with whom he remained until his death on 14th June 1932.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1922.


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