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William Bright

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William Bright (1848-1911), managing director of the Fairwood Tinplate Co

1848 Born the son of George Bright, a Wheelwright.

1911 Living at Noyaddfach, Pontardulais: William Bright (age 63 born Maesteg, Glam), Works Manager, Tinplate Manufacturer - Employer. Single. With his sister Margaret. Two servants.[1]

1911 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM BRIGHT died at his residence at Pontardulais on August 14, 1911, after a short illness. Mr. Bright was prominently connected with the tinplate trade of South Wales. He was one of the projectors of the Teilo Tinplate Company at Pontardulais in 1877, and acted as manager of that company for ten years.

In 1881 he established the Fairwood Tinplate Works, Gowerton, of which he continued to be managing director up to the time of his death.

For a number of years he was consulting manager and director of a large tinplate works in Italy, but had recently relinquished his interest there. He rendered great service at the time of the inauguration of the present Tinplate Association, and had been a member of the executive of that body from the time of its foundation in 1899. Mr. Bright was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1890.

In 1906, when the American Institute of Mining Engineers visited this country on the invitation of the Iron and Steel Institute, he acted as a member of the General Reception Committee.

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