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George William Blackburn

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George William Blackburn (1859-1915), managing director of Thomas Green and Son

1885 Birth of his son Robert Blackburn

1915 Obituary [1]

GEORGE WILLIAM BLACKBURN was born at Seacroft, Leeds, on 2nd October 1859.

He received his technical education at the Leeds Mechanics' Institute, and in 1874 started on a four-year term of apprenticeship with Messrs. Kitson and Co., Ltd., Airedale Foundry, Leeds.

He remained with this company as draughtsman until 1884, when he went to Messrs. Thomas Green and Son, Ltd., Leeds, as draughtsman, and designed their compound atmospheric condensing tramway engine.

In 1887 he became assistant manager of the firm, in 1892 manager, and managing director in 1900.

This position he was holding at the time of his death, which took place suddenly in his office on 10th November 1915, at the age of fifty-six.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1891.

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