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Henry Pooley (1829-1906)

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Henry Pooley (1829-1906), son of Henry Pooley; of Henry Pooley and Son

1906 Obituary [1]

HENRY POOLEY was born in Liverpool on 8th January 1829, and received his education at the Liverpool Mechanics' Institution, now known as the Liverpool Institute.

He was apprenticed at an early age to his father, who had become head of the firm of Messrs. Henry Pooley and Son, engineers and ironfounders, Albion Foundry, Liverpool, a firm well known as makers of weighing apparatus.

He rapidly acquired a practical knowledge of his business and soon made himself indispensable to his father, who received him into partnership, and with whom he was associated in the execution of much important work. He was an excellent draughtsman and designer, and many of the firm's original patents for weighing machines were for inventions of his own. He excelled particularly in labour-saving contrivances, amongst these latter being a machine for mechanically graduating the steel-yards of weighing machines.

He was connected with the Volunteer movement of 1859, was appointed lieutenant to the 3rd Cheshire Artillery Volunteers, and afterwards served for many years as captain.

In 1892 he was appointed Justice of the Peace for the Wirral Division of Cheshire, and upon his retirement from business in 1896 he became a member of the Birkenhead Board of Guardians, and undertook other philanthropic work.

His death took place at his residence in Liscard, Cheshire, on 28th October 1906, in his seventy-eighth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1876.

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