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John Sturgeon

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of 3 Westminster Chambers, Victoria Street, Westminster, S.W. (1885)

1838 Born in Dublin, son of Thomas Sturgeon

Educated at Leeds Grammar School

1856-60 Pupil of Fairbairn, Greenwood and Batley and P. Fairbairn and Co, Leeds

1860-61 Trained under head draughtsman at P. Fairbairn and Co

1861 Thomas Sturgeon 61, vicar, lived in Burley, Headingley with Maria Sturgeon 44, John Sturgeon 24, mechanical engineer, William Sturgeon 23, drawing master, Marianne Catherine Sturgeon 21, Margaret Elizabeth Sturgeon 19, Thomas Sturgeon 17[1]

1861-2 Trained at Thwaites and Carbutt, Bradford

1863-5 Engaged in mining engineering work, including coal cutting

1866-72 Mining engineering work in the Bolton region and in Cornwall. Patented steam hammer and air compressor. Experimental manufacture of the compressor at Claytons in London and John H. Wilsons in Liverpool

1872 An engineer when married Alice Nelson in Bolton[2]

Engaged in air compressor and rock boring work.

1878 Patent to Edward William West, of Liverpool, in the county of Lancaster, Iron founder, and John Sturgeon, of Newlay, near Leeds, Engineer, and Thomas Sturgeon, of Newlay, near Leeds, Engineer, for the ,invention of "improvements in direct-acting steam pumping engines, parts of which improvements are applicable to other types of, motive power engines."[3]

1879 Clayton and Howlett of London exhibited "Sturgeon's" high speed air-compressors

1879 Baptism of son Henry Curran Sturgeon in Burley, Leeds[4]

1882 Became a Member of the Inst of Mechanical Engineers; his business address was in London.

Engaged with Mr Arnold Lupton by the International Niagara Commission to report on ways of utilising water power of Niagara.

1891 Alice Sturgeon 40, married, was living in Chester with John T. Sturgeon 18, civil engineering pupil, William E Sturgeon 16, Thomas Sturgeon 15, George N Sturgeon 13, Henry C Sturgeon 11, Kathleen Sturgeon 6, Blanche E Sturgeon 2[5]

1898- Planning large distribution schemes for electric power for Mond Gas which were carried through Parliament and implemented.

1903 of Manchester, proposed for membership of Inst Civil Engineers. He was engineer to businesse in various parts of England and Ireland providing electricity by Mond Power Gas .... and Co

1904 Member of Inst Civil Engineers, in Leeds[6]

1910 Died in Hunslet[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. Parish records
  3. London Gazette 13 Sept 1878
  4. Parish records
  5. 1891 census
  6. Civil engineer lists
  7. BMD
  • Civil engineer records