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William Turner Simonds

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William Turner Simonds (1847-1933) of J. C. Simonds and Son, Oil Mills, Boston.

1933 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM TURNER SIMONDS, who had been a Member of the Institution since 1877, was born in 1847 and received his education at Cheltenham College.

He served his apprenticeship with the Great Northern Railway, and then secured an appointment in Holland as assistant to the representative of Messrs. John Brown and Company of Sheffield.

He later went to Berlin and other Continental cities as a traveller for a London firm of engineers.

He subsequently returned to England to take up the position of assistant manager for Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Company of Manchester.

In 1873 Mr. Simonds took a share in the management of his father's business of seed-crushing in Boston, and subsequently became a partner.

Mr. Simonds's career was largely concerned with the municipal affairs of Boston, of which town he was five times elected Mayor, and he did much to secure the success of the Boston Dock undertaking. He was responsible also for the installation of electric lighting of the dock.

He was in his eighty-sixth year at the time of his death, which occurred on 23rd May 1933.

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