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Solomon Mirls

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Solomon Mirls (1843-1889)

Solomon Mirls (1843-1889) of the Victorian Railways

1843 Born in Manchester the son of Joseph Mirls and his wife Harriet Henry

1851 Living at 18 Hanover Street, Manchester: Joseph Mirls (age 45 born Prussia, British subject), Furrier and Marine Store Dealer. With his wife Harriet Mirls (age 33 born Liverpool) and their six children; Aaron Mirls (age 12 born Manchester); Rosina Mirls (age 9 born Manchester); Solomon Mirls (age 7 born Manchester); Victoria Mirls (age 5 born Manchester); Frederick Mirls (age 2 born Manchester); and Evelyn Mirls (age 2 months born Manchester). One servant. [1]

Apprenticed at Sharp, Stewart and Co

1861 Emigrated from England to Australia

1873 Married in Victoria, Australia, to Sarah Benjamin

1887 Leaves Australia for visit to Europe. 'Twenty-seven years ago he came to the colony as a boy'. Mention of his wife and children. [2]

1878-89 CME of the Victorian Railways

1889 December 28th. Died. 'Mr. Solomon Mirls, locomotive superintendent of the Victorian Railway department. He was Manchester man, and served his apprenticeship as engineer in the firm of Sharp, Stewart, and Co. emigrated 1861, and recently made a trip round the world for the benefit of his health. He leaves a widow and five children.'[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. The Argus, Melbourne. 14th February 1887
  3. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Wednesday 05 February 1890