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Eustace Short

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1909. The Short Brothers, the Wright Brothers and others at Shellbeach

(Albert) Eustace Short (1875-1932)

c.1875 Born in Chilton, Durham

1891 Samuel Short 48, steam engine fitter, lived in Chesterfield with Emma Short 42, Eustace Short 16, Ethel Short 10, Hugh Short 8[1]

1898 Oswald and Eustace Short founded a balloon business.

1901 Eustace Short 25, and Oswald Short 18, both electrical mechanics working at home, lived in Steyning, Sussex[2]

1901 The two brothers built their first passenger-carrying balloon at Hove in April 1901 and moved their factory to Maple Mews, Tottenham Court Road, London, about 1902.

1903 The partnership's first sales were observation balloons for the government of India (October 1903).

1905–6 the brothers made contacts in the Aero Club and moved their factory to railway arches at Battersea in June 1906.

From 1907 the brothers tried unsuccessfully to build aeroplanes designed by club members, until the third brother Horace left employment with Parsons in December 1908 to form Short Brothers.

1919 The Short partnership was incorporated as Short Brothers (Rochester and Bedford) Limited with Eustace Short as joint managing director until his death in 1932.

1932 Died 8th April.[3]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1933 Who's Who in British Aviation