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1875 November. Six pupils of George Fosbery Lyster, the Engineer-in-Chief to the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, formed themselves into an association for the purpose of reading and discussing original communications on engineering subjects. The association was named the Liverpool Engineering Students' Society. Because of the difficulties of preparing papers for meetings, friends of the original members were invited to join and the word "Students'" was the omitted from the title of the Society.
From 1877 it became compulsory for authors of papers to deposit copies with the Secretary and these papers with a summary of the discussion which followed have been printed in the Transactions of the Liverpool Engineering Society, vols. 1-80 (1876-1960) and in the Bulletin, later the Journal, of the Society (1927-1969) - in summary form only.
In 1934 the Society was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1929. This action established the Society as a legal body capable of entering into transactions, etc. The Society then became known as The Liverpool Engineering Society Incorporated.