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William Sandford (1841-1932)

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William Sandford (1841-1932)

1932 Obituary[1]

"The Late Mr. S. W. Sandford.— News is to hand from Sydney of the death, at the age of 90, of Mr. William Sandford, who was a pioneer of the iron and steel industry in Australia. Mr. Sandford was a Devonshire man, and commenced his career in a bank, but disliking the work, obtained an appointment on the London and Bristol Railway. Later he transferred to the Ashton Gate Iron Rolling Mills, and then to Messrs. John Lysaghts, for whom he went to Australia to install the first wire netting factory in the country. In 1886 he leased works at Eskbank, and commenced the manufacture of rads. He was the first to produce open-hearth steel and also galvanised iron in Australia."

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