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William Carter

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William Carter (1849-1905) of the Hydraulic Engineering Co

1877Joined I Mech E, manager of Smethwick Tube Works of Birmingham Patent Tube Co

1880 of Birmingham Patent Tube Works, Smethwick, near Birmingham; and Imperial Tube Works, Birmingham.

1905 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM CARTER was born at Rotherham on 6th February 1849, and received his general and technical education at the Manchester Mechanics' Institution.

He attended the science classes there with distinction, and ultimately became one of the directors of that Institution.

He entered the works of Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Co., locomotive builders, of Manchester, at the age of fifteen, and having passed through the various shops and drawing office was, at the early age of twenty-four, made assistant works manager.

In 1876 he was appointed manager of the Patent Tube Works at Smethwick, Birmingham, and eight years later went to Ghent, in Belgium, where he became general manager of the Societe Anonyme du Phoenix, general engineers and textile machinery manufacturers.

Returning to England in 1886 he was appointed manager and secretary of the Hydraulic Engineering Co. of Chester, and in 1897 became its general manager.

This position he held at the time of his death, which took place suddenly on the 9th August 1905, at his residence in Helsby, near Chester, from heart failure, in his fifty-seventh year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1877, and was also a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society.

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