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Samuel Peter Austin, Junior

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Samuel Peter Austin (c1843-1925) of S. P. Austin and Son

c1843 Born the son of Samuel Peter Austin and his wife Julia

1851 Living at 16 John Street, Bishopwearmouth. With his parents and siblings [1]

1861 Living at 1 Esplanade, Bishopwearmouth (age 18 born Sunderland), Shipbuilder. With his parents and siblings [2]

1866(?) After his father retired, Samuel Peter Austin, Junior took over the yard and moved it to the South side of the river [3]

1881 Living at 12 Thornhill Crescent, Bishopwearmouth: Samuel P. Austin (age 38 born Sunderland), Iron Ship Builder employing 396 men and 54 boys. With his wife Marion Yorke Austin (age 39 born Camden Town) and their daughters Sybel Marida Austin (age 6 born Sunderland) and Evelyne T. Austin (age 10 months born Sunderland). Also his brother Stanley Austin (age 24 born Sunderland), Clerk Ship Yard. Three servants. [4]

1891 Living at Thornholm, Bishopwearmouth: Samuel P. Austin (age 48 born Monkwearmouth), J.P. County Durham, Shipbuilder. With his wife Marian Y. Austin (age 49 born London) and their children Selwyn P. Austin (age 20 born Bishopwearmouth), Undergraduate at Cambridge; Sybil M. Austin (age 16 born Bishopwearmouth) and Evelyne Y. Austin (age 10 born Bishopwearmouth). Four servants. [5]

1898 Appointment as Deputy Lieutenant of County of Durham [6]

1925 Obituary

"THE death of Mr. Samuel Peter Austin, head of the Sunderland shipbuilding firm of Austin and Sons, took place at his home, Holin Hall, near Ripon, on Wednesday, March 25th. Mr. Austin started work early in life and went right through all the ramifications of the shipbuilding business, so that when he succeeded his father in the control of a slipway near the Wearmouth Bridge at the age of twenty-five he was well equipped to carry on the business, and it prospered until it included several berths a dry dock and a pontoon. He was one of those who preached and practised the doctrine that capital and labour should work hand in hand, and was connected with many philanthropic institutions, besides being a director of the Sunderland Gas Co and a Justice of the Peace. Mr. Austin, who was eighty-two years old at the time of his death, was pre-deceased by his only son. [7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1861 Census
  3. British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss
  4. 1881 Census
  5. 1891 Census
  6. The Times, Wednesday, Mar 30, 1898
  7. The Engineer 1925/04/03