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George Davis (1843-1904)

1904 Obituary [1]

GEORGE DAVIS was born on 25th September 1843, at Edge Hill, Liverpool.

He was educated in Manchester, being a student at the old Owens College, which was then situated in Quay Street.

In 1860 he commenced an apprenticeship with Messrs. Wren and Hopkinson, engineers and millwrights, Manchester, which terminated in 1865, and until 1875 remained with this firm, during which period he was engaged in general millwright work, and also the superintending of a number of mills at Bristol, the West Riding of Yorkshire, and the North of Ireland.

About this time Messrs. Wren and Hopkinson were entrusted with the installation of steam gear-driven capstans and cranes at the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Goods Depots at Great Howard Street, Liverpool, Oldham Road, Manchester, and Bradford, upon which works he was employed.

In 1875 he joined the engineering department of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Co. at their head offices, Hunt's Bank, Manchester, as chief assistant to his brother, Mr. Joseph Davis, M.I.Mech.E., who was the Chief of the Bridges and Machinery Department under the Chief Engineer, Mr. William Hunt.

During his service with this company, he was intimately connected with the fitting up of the machinery at the Carriage Works at Newton Heath, also the installation of steam, hydraulic, and hand hoisting and hauling machinery, and the whole of the constructional iron and steelwork in connection with bridges, station roofs, and warehouses upon the system.

Upon the decease of his brother in 1893 he was appointed chief of the Iron and Steelwork Constructional Department, which lie held up to the time of his retirement in January 1904.

He had been in failing health for a considerable time, and his death took place at his residence in Manchester, on 28th September 1904, at the age of sixty-one.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1894.

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