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John Seaton Warburton

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John Seaton Warburton (1848-1914)

of 12 Lisgar Terrace, West Kensington, London, W.

1915 Obituary [1]

JOHN SEATON WARBURTON was born at Hipperholme, Yorkshire, on 11th July 1848.

He received his technical education at the School of Mines, Jermyn Street, London, and served an apprenticeship for two years in the works of John Crossley and Co., machine makers, Halifax, after which he was for one year in the office of W. Brierley, patent agent, Halifax, and for five years in the drawing-office — engineers' department — of Messrs. W. Pile and Co., marine engineers, Sunderland.

He then became engaged on the erection of blast-furnaces at Messrs. T. Richardson and Co.'s Works, West Hartlepool, where he stayed for one year, until the completion of the works.

He next started in business on his own account in Queensland, where he was engaged in the introduction of machinery for goldfields and public works, and by the Queensland Government, for three years, in inspecting machinery for the South Brisbane Graving Dock.

On his return to London he was appointed, in October 1879, manager to Messrs. Le Gros, Mayne, Leaver and Co., proprietors of the Ingersoll Rock Drill, and on leaving them became engineer to Messrs. Brooks, Shoobridge and Co., Grays, Essex, cement manufacturers, with whom he stayed till 1892, when he joined the British Xylonite Co., Manningtree, as engineer.

Mr. Warburton retired from business in 1903.

His death took place on 18th October 1914 at West Kensington, London, at the age of sixty-six.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1881.

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