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Thomas Dobeson

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Thomas Dobeson (1844-1914)

1844 July 31st. Born at Newcastle-on-Tyne the son of George Dobeson and his wife Mary Gray. His father was a mechanical engineer and owner of an engineering works on the Tyne, where Thomas was apprenticed for 4 years.

Afterwards he spent 3 years at the NER’s Gateshead Works, followed by 3 years with various marine engineering works in Newcastle.

He was then a sea-going marine engineer for several years, before becoming a partner at his father’s works (George Dobeson and Sons), where he remained for 16 years.

1871 Living at 1 Fife Street, Gateshead: George Dobeson (age 54 born Haworth), Engine Fitter. With his wife Mary Dobeson (age 51 born Long Benton) and their children Thomas Dobeson (age 26 born Long Benton), Marine Engineer; Georgena Dobeson (age 23 born Long Benton), Dressmaker; Jared (son) Dobeson (age 21 born Newcastle), Agent; Nathaniel W. Dobeson (age 19 born Newcastle), Engine Fitter; and Jane J. Dobeson (age 14 born Newcastle).[1]

1888/9 He left to establish the Nanaimo Foundry on Vancouver Island, BC.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  • [1] British Columbia from the earliest times to the present. Vol. 4