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Haslam Foundry and Engineering Co

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1891. Freezing machines.
1892. Refrigerator on the SS Ruahine.
December 1929.
Gauge board at Tokomaru Steam Museum

Haslam Foundry and Engineering Co of Derby (incorporated Pontifex and Wood, London in 1892)

1824 Business established, presumably by William Haslam

1868 Alfred Seale Haslam joined his father at the Union Foundry at Derby.

1876 Incorporated as a Limited Company. Alfred Seale Haslam was the principal.

Alfred Haslam perfected the compressed-air refrigeration machine.

1881 the SS Orient arrived in the Thames with the first cargo of frozen meat from Australia, refrigerated by Haslam's system.

1883 Haslam Engineering were an exhibitor of refrigeration machinery at the International Fisheries Exhibition [1].

1892 Merged with Pontifex and Wood

1894 Catalogue of Ice-making and Refrigeration machinery. [2]

1902 W. G. Haslam was joined in the management of the business by his nephew Alfred Victor Haslam.

1903 Company incorporated with Pontifex and Wood, London, removed new offices to 175-177, Salisbury House, London Wall, London, E. C.[3]

1914 Main business was manufacture of ice-making plant of large capacity, installed in many parts of the world, especially Australia and India[4]

1914 Iron Founders, Engineers, Brass Founders and Coppersmiths, Manufacturers of Ice and Refrigerating Plants, Sugar Plant, Brewing Plant, Distilling Plant etc. Specialities: Refrigerating Machinery, Ice-making Machinery, Air Desiccating Plants for Blast Furnaces. Employees 750 to 850. [5]

1928 Amalgamation of Newton Brothers of Derby and Haslam Foundry and Engineering Co forming Haslam and Newton

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Sources of Information

  1. The Standard, 3 September 1883
  2. The Engineer of 13th April 1894 p315
  3. The Engineer 1903/06/19, p 634.
  4. The Times, Jan 28, 1914
  5. 1914 Whitakers Red Book