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John Joseph Rawlings

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Founder of the Rawlplug Co

1860 Born in Putney[1] son of John and Sarah Rawlings

1881 A whitesmith living with his parents in Putney[2]

1901 A civil and mechanical engineer, employer, living in Roehampton with Millicent Rawlings 30[3]

1911 Employer in the electric, motor and building industries, living in Wandsworth, with John Millicent Rawlings 41, Kathleen Millicent Rawlings 9, Ralph John Rawlings 6[4]

c.1917? John Joseph Rawlings, a building contractor, solved a fixing problem at the British Museum by inventing the fibre plug - known as the Rawlplug - into which screws were driven. The basic principle in the design was grip by expansion.

1942 'Kensington Inventor's Estate. — The will of Mr. John Joseph Rawlings, the inventor of "Rawlplugs," who died August 4, at his home, "Cromer," Home Park-road, Wimbledon, aged 82. has been proved at £51,381 (net personalty £28,538).'[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1881 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. 1911 census
  5. Chelsea News and General Advertiser - Thursday 24 December 1942