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William John Stephenson-Peach

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William John Stephenson-Peach (1852-1919)

Played an important part in the designs of the Morgan Motor Co

1911 Living at Kirkleatham Cottage, Great Malvern: William John Stephenson Peach (age 60 born City Road House, Derbyshire), Engineering Master - Repton School and Malvern College. With his two daughters Eleanor Maude Stephenson Peach (age 29 born Cromford) and Dorothy Helen Stephenson Peach (age 26 born Ashbourne). Two servants.[1]

1919 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM JOHN STEPHENSON-PEACH was born at Derby on 10th March 1852.

He received his engineering training at the Atlas Works, Derby, and at Messrs. J. and G. Thompson's shipbuilding works, Glasgow.

In later years the idea occurred to him of starting practical engineering shops at Public Schools, and in that connexion he was associated with Repton School in 1888, and afterwards with Cheltenham and Malvern Colleges. During that period he brought out the Repton oil-engine, two-speed gear for cycle-cars, motor-cars and ploughs, etc.

He was interested in pisciculture, and, after experimenting largely, he formed the Trent Fish Culture Co. in Derbyshire, of which he was managing director until his death.

When war broke out he added munition work to his college duties, and under the strain his health broke down.

The last weeks of his life were spent in helping disabled soldiers to earn a living in the toy workshops at Bournemouth, where his death took place from influenza on 4th March 1919, in his sixty-seventh year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1888.

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