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George Dawson (1831-1908) of Newton, Chambers and Co

Obituary 1908 [1]

A PROMINENT figure in South Yorkshire industrial and public life is removed by the death of Mr. George Dawson, which took place at Lane End House, Cbapeltowu, near Sheffield, on the 22nd inst.

Mr. Dawson was at his office in the works - Messrs. Newton, Chambers and Co., Limited, Thorncliffe, of which he was managing director - as late as the 7th of this month, and afterwards went over his farm, where it is believed be contracted a chill which bas proved fatal in its issues.

Born at Rise, Yorkshire, in 1831, be was thus in his seventy-seventh year. His wife, who was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. Thomas Chambers, of Chapeltown, predeceased him some twenty years ago. He is survived by five daughters and two sons, both of the latter being now engaged in the works at Thorncliffe.

Starting life in the service of an ironmonger at Beverley, on the conclusion of his apprenticeship be joined the staff of Messrs. Newton, Chambers and Co. a a traveller. His exceptional business qualities early asserted themselves, and he rapidly advanced in his work. For some time he was manager of the light casting department, afterwards assuming control of the heavy casting branch in conjunction with Mr. Thomas Chambers. This was about 1871, when Thorncliffe was in the throes of a great colliery strike, it being necessary to call in the aid of the military force to maintain law and order.

In 1869 Mr. Dawson was admitted as partner, and on the conversion of the business into a limited Company, he was appointed managing director with Messrs. T. C. Newton and A. M. Chambers, occupying that position until the date of his death.

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