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Ernest William Tomlinson

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Ernest William Tomlinson (1871-1946)

1947 Obituary [1]

"ERNEST WILLIAM 'TOMLINSON, O.B.E., was associated with the firm of Messrs. Tomlinson and Company, Ltd., engineers, of Perth, Western Australia, and its predecessors, Messrs. Tomlinson and Clough and Messrs. Tomlinson Brothers from his apprenticeship, which he began to serve in 1885, to practically the end of his professional career, which extended to the very long period of sixty-two years. He will be remembered for the valuable services he rendered to the Institution as a representative for Western Australia on the Australian Advisory Committee.

He was born at Nottingham in 1871 and after completing his general education in Australia entered his father's firm. On the conclusion of his practical training in 1892 he served for two years as a fitter in the shops of the Western Australian Government Railways. He then went into partnership with his brother and established the firm of Tomlinson Brothers. On the retirement of his brother in 1933 he became governing director and sole proprietor of the business. He was also a director of six other companies. For his contribution to the manufacture of Munitions during the war of 1914-18 he received the award of the O.B.E. He was a member of the Western Australian Board of Area Management controlling munitions production in the 103Q-45 War.

Mr. Tomlinson, whose death occurred on 12th January 1947, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1923 and was transferred to Membership in 1946."

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