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John Smith (1845-1929)

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John Smith (1845-1929), of Salford Works, Richard Street, Birmingham

1893 Joined I Mech E


1929 Obituary [1]

JOHN SMITH was apprenticed with Messrs. Glyden and Shorthouse, engineers and rolling-mill proprietors of Birmingham, and gained additional experience in other works in Birmingham and London.

In 1868 he went to Brazil and entered the Government service as a naval engineer. He was stationed at their arsenal at Cerita and was engaged on the repair of monitors and river boats then in use in the war between Brazil and Paraguay.

After about two years he came home and took a position as engineer at a Walsall buckle manufacturing works.

He eventually left Walsall to start business for himself in Birmingham in 1873 as a buckle tong maker. At different periods be added wire-drawing mills and pressed metal stamping shops to the original works.

Mr. Smith died on 18th February 1929, in his eighty-fifth year.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1893.


1929 Obituary [2]

JOHN SMITH died on February 18, 1929.

He was born at Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, on December 6, 1846, and went to Birmingham in 1856. There he was apprenticed to Messrs. Glydon and Shorthouse, Engineers and Rolling-Mills Proprietors, Eyre Street, Birmingham, and afterwards served for a short period with other engineering works in Birmingham and London.

In 1868 he went to Brazil, and entered the Government service as a Naval Engineer, being stationed at the Arsenal Cerita. Whilst there, he was engaged upon repairing the monitors and river boats then being used in the war between Brazil and Paraguay.

After about two years Mr. Smith returned home, and took up the position of engineer at a Walsall buckle manufacturing works.

In 1873, however, he left Walsall, and started business for himself in Birmingham as a buckle tong maker. At different periods he added wire-thawing mills and pressed metal stamping works to the original works.

Mr. Smith was elected a member of the Institute of Metals on December 30, 1918.



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Sources of Information

  1. 1929 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  2. 1929 Institute of Metals: Obituaries
  • Mechanical Engineer Records