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Wallis Rivers Goulty

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Wallis Rivers Goulty (1834-1904) of Wheatley Kirk, Price and Goulty, Albert Chambers, Albert Square, Manchester.

1905 Obituary [1]

WALLIS RIVERS GOULTY was born at Brighton on 27th June 1834, and was educated at Denmark Hill Grammar School, London.

At the age of fourteen he commenced an apprenticeship of five years at the Brighton Locomotive Works of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, passing through the workshops and drawing office.

At its termination he was engaged as draughtsman and ironworks manager at Palmer's Shipbuilding Works, of Jarrow and Wallsend-on-Tyne, remaining over four years with them.

He next was appointed head draughtsman and assistant manager to Messrs. Peto, Brassey and Betts, of Birkenhead and London, with which firm he stayed until 1863, when he accepted the position of manager of the Millfield Engine Works, Sunderland.

In 1865 he became manager of the Reading Iron Works, Reading, remaining in that position until 1869, when he was offered the post of assistant manager of the Fairbairn Engineering Co., Manchester.

After being a year with that firm he decided to commence business in Manchester on his own account as a consulting engineer, and in 1875 he went into partnership with Mr. H. Sherley-Price, and carried on business with him as consulting engineers, valuers, and auctioneers of machinery, under the style of Wheatley Kirk, Price and Goulty, with offices in Manchester and London.

In 1899 he retired from business, and went to reside at Walberswick, near Southwold, Suffolk, where his death took place suddenly from heart failure on 31st December 1904, at the age of seventy.

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