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Joseph Breeden

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Joseph Breeden (1821-1893)

1868 of 56 Cheapside, Birmingham, joined I Mech E

1880 of Messrs. Breeden and Booth, Cheapside Works, 157 Cheapside, Birmingham.

1885 of New Mill Works, Fazeley Street, Birmingham.

1893 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH BREEDEN was born in Birmingham on 15th February 1821.

In early life he was for some time in London, at the works of Messrs. Stevens and Sons, where he was instrumental in bringing out one of the first railway signals.

In 1859 he invented machinery for making gas fittings, which entirely changed the system previously adopted; and in this connection he introduced the plan of obtaining the forward and backward motion of lathes by means of cross and straight bands; he also invented particular kinds of water taps and syphon cisterns.

His death took place in Birmingham on 4th July 1893, at the age of seventy-two.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1868.

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