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Harry Lucas

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Harry Lucas (1855-1939) of Joseph Lucas and Son

1855 Born 10th February 1855, the son of Joseph Lucas.

1872 Harry Lucas joined his father, Joseph Lucas, in business.

By 1875 they had set up the Tom Bowling lamp works in Little King Street, Birmingham, producing a lamp of the same name for the fishing industry. They decided to concentrate on lamps which would burn the new petroleum-based lamp oil, which turned out to be an astute move.

1878 Bicycles were required to carry lamps after dusk; Lucas offered their first cycle lamp, the ‘King of the Road’.

1882 Harry was brought into formal partnership with his father, creating the firm of Joseph Lucas and Son. The new business partnership had cash flow problems and the threat from infringement of patent rights.

1886 Married; they had a son, Oliver, and a daughter, Hilda, who married Carl Breeden.

1902 On his father's death he became chairman of Joseph Lucas Ltd and was eventually followed by his son Oliver Lucas who became deputy chairman.

1939 Died - Obituary[1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Tuesday, Mar 14, 1939
  • Biography of Joseph Lucas, ODNB