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Edwin Blakey

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Edwin Blakey (c1850-1918) of Blakey, Emmott and Co

1919 Obituary [1]

EDWIN BLAKEY died at his residence, Cwm Glas, Arthog, near Dolgelley, on the 24th July, 1918, in his sixty-ninth year, of pneumonia supervening on influenza.

He was born in Halifax, and after leaving school started life in a woollen merchant's office. From the time he was 10 years old, however, he had taken a practical interest in scientific matters and had started experimenting in electricity at a very early age. He had no systematic training, but took advantage of every opportunity to extend his scientific knowledge by attending lectures and studying.

He started in business on his own account when 24 years of age, and was founder of the firm of Messrs. Blakey, Emmott & Company, who were pioneers in telephone work and railway signalling.

He retired from business on account of ill-health and in January 1895 went to live at Barmouth, North Wales, where he practised as a consulting engineer. During this time he acted as consultant to the Madeira Electric Lighting Company and various other concerns.

He was buried at Arthog Churchyard on the banks of the Mawddach Estuary, in the heart of the mountain scenery he loved so well.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1879 and a Member in 1887.

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