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Thomas Andrews (1847-1908)

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Thomas Andrews (1847-1908) of Andrews and Baby

1909 Obituary [1]

THOMAS ANDREWS was born at Meare, Somersetshire, on 1st September 1847.

On leaving school he was employed for two years by Messrs. Cochrane and Co., Dudley, on the erection of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and then during the years 1865 to 1873 he went through the shops of Mr. W. Sneezum, of Cardiff, and also attended the Science and Art classes.

In 1874 he was appointed foreman with the Glamorgan Wagon Co., and afterwards was promoted to be manager.

Seven years later he started in business, in partnership with the late Mr. R. B. Baby, as railway-wagon builders and machinery contractors.

For many years he was a Councillor of the City of Cardiff, and was Mayor in 1900 and 1901. He was a Justice of the Peace for the same city and also for the County of Glamorgan. He acted as chairman of the Cardiff Tramways Committee until he resigned his position on the Council, and during that period the electric tramways were laid down. He was the inventor of several specialities in railway rolling stock, and was connected with engineering enterprises in addition to that of his own firm.

His death took place at Cardiff on 18th December 1908, at the age of sixty-one.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1895.

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