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George Brunton

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George Brunton (1823-1900)

1860/70 Patents filed with his brother John Dickinson Brunton

1900 Obituary [1]

GEORGE BRUNTON, fifth son of William Brunton, was born in Birmingham on the 29th January, 1823.

At the age of 15 he joined his uncle, Mr. Robert Brunton, who was Manager of the Indian Iron and Steel Company’s Works at Porto-Novo, India; and after his uncle’s death he went to Beypoor, to which place the ironworks had been transferred, and remained there as Manager till the works were closed.

He invented a cotton press, embodying a valuable improvement called the ‘extractor,' by which the half-pressed bale is removed from the half-press 'to the finisher,' expediting greatly the whole process of compression.

He also invented an hydraulic valve, and ho was successful in irrigating by steam machinery vast tracts of rice land in southern India. Up to the year 1880 irrigation in that district had been accomplished by the slow and very inadequate means of native wheels.

Mr. Brunton died suddenly of failure of the heart at his residence, Ivy Lodge, Anerley, on the 28th March, 1900, at the age of 77.

He was elected a Member of the Institution on the 2nd December, 1862.

In 1888 he presented a Paper entitled 'An Experiment with a Steam-Exhauster or Blower.'

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