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Garrett, Smith and Co

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1889 Westinghouse high speed steam engine with Garrett, Smith & Co nameplate at the Deutsches Museum

of Magdeburg, Germany

A German source states that Garrett, Smith & Co. was established at Buckau near Magdeburg by John Dunnel Garrett in 1861 as a branch of Garrett & Sons, Leiston (England). It became Garrett Smith & Co in 1882, and was in business until 1905.[1]. Another source – the website of The Long Shop Museum – states that after a serious falling-out between John and his father and brother (Richard IV), John withdrew from the business in 1860 and went to Magdeburg, setting up a similar business there[2]. Another source[3] says that John disagreed with his brother Richard over whether to manufacture in Germany or to export products there, so John Garrett 'removed himself to Germany where he established a works at Magdeburg manufacturing the same products as Leiston.'

1872 Arthur George Mumford, having worked for the Richard Garrett business in Leiston, went to work for Mr John Garrett in Buckau[4]

1877 Easton Garrett went to work in his father's implements workshop in Germany.

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Sudenburg-Chronik website - 'Garrett Smith & Co, Lokomobil- und Landmaschinenfabrik'
  2. [2] Long Shop Museum website
  3. 'Garretts of Leiston' by R A Whitehead, Percival & Marshall, 1964)
  4. Civil engineer records