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Founder of the Rawlplug Co
1860 Born in Putney son of John and Sarah Rawlings
1881 A whitesmith living with his parents in Putney
1901 A civil and mechanical engineer, employer, living in Roehampton with Millicent Rawlings 30
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
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).'