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Gilbert Little (1855- )

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1855 Born in Dreghorn, Ayrshire, son of Archibald and Margaret Little[1]

1874 Assistant at Fullarton Iron Co, Irvine

1876 Assistant at Denny and Co, Dumbarton

1880-3 Editor "Iron and Steel Trades Journal"

1881 Gilbert Little 27, Marion Little 26, John Little 6, Matthew Little 3, Archibald Little 1, lived in Dumbarton[2]

1882 General manager, Harrison Carter, London, milling engineers; designed c.100 flour mills

1887 MD Barry, Henry and Co, Aberdeen, power transmission specialists

1889 Built and equipped engineering workshop and foundry for New Conveyor Co. Started developing conveyors, especially for abrasive materials such as coke.[3]

1891 Machine maker for flour and oil factories, living in East Ham with Marion Little 36, Matthew Little 13, Arther Little 11, Gilbert Little 7, Marcin Little 3, Thomas Little 1[4]

1901 Over 350 employees

1901 Employer, manufacturer, living in Smethwick with Archibald Little 21, worker[5]

1901 Chairman and managing director of New Conveyor Co, Smethwick, became a member of I Mech E[6]

1905 Presumably established his own business in Smethwick, Gilbert Little Co

c.1909 Presumably moved the business to Bradford - see Gilbert Little and Co.

1911 Employer, engineer conveying machinery, living in Bradford, with his son Patrick G Little 17, an apprentice[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. 1881 census
  3. The Engineer 1899/08/18
  4. 1891 census
  5. 1901 census
  6. Mechanical Engineer records
  7. 1911 census