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William Thomas Sugg (1832-1907) of William Sugg and Co

c.1832 Born son of William and Elizabeth Sugg

1851 Francis Sugg 35 (born Hoxton) and his nephew William T Sugg 18, both gas engineers, and his niece Emma Phillips 19, lived in Westminster[1]

1851 Married in Hackney[2]

1861 Elizabeth Sugg 58, gas engineer and appliance manufacturer, employing 59 men and 7 boys, lived in St John Westminster with William T Sugg 28, gas engineer, Esther S Sugg 20, and grandson John W Sugg 2[3]

1871 Married Marie Jenny Fleurot in Paris

1873 Freeman of the City of London

1881 William T. Sugg 48, civil engineer, lived in Kennington with Marie J. Sugg 30, Elizabeth C. Sugg 26, William F. Sugg 8, Marie R. Sugg 6, Mary A. Sugg 5, Margaret E. Sugg 4, Bertha Sugg 2, George A. Sugg 1[4]

1907 February 28th. Died

1908 Obituary [5]

WILLIAM THOMAS SUGG, the veteran head of the well-known gas-lighting firm of William Sugg and Company, died at his residence, Morningside, Clapham Park, on the 28th February, 1907, in his seventy-fifth year.

The modern gas-industry was the growth of his lifetime, and his work exercised no small influence upon its development in this country.

He commenced his independent career as a gas-engineer in 1860, having been trained for the profession by his father, whose assistant he had been for a period of 9 years previously. His experience thus extended over more than half a century, for he remained in harness until the last. Early in that period he acquired a wide reputation for scientific accuracy in all that related to the testing of gas, and in this manufacture, to standard, of street-lamp governors, flat-flame and argand burners and other gas-lighting apparatus.

One of his well-known series of London argand burners was selected as a standard testing burner by the first London Gas Referees, whilst the 'Christiania' burner introduced by him embodied the best principles of gas-lighting of the day. With the advance of his reputation for and good scientific workmanship, his business increased apace, and on its conversion into a limited-liability company, Mr. Sugg, who continued at the head of affairs, extended its manufactures in various directions, including regenerative burners, incandescence gas-lighting, cooking-stoves, gas-fires, and every variety of fitting.

He was a strong supporter of exhibitions, and his firm gained numerous awards at home and abroad. A member successively of the British Association of Gas Managers, the Gas Institute and the Institution of Gas Engineers, he was a prolific contributor to technical proceedings and journals.

In 1876 he read a Paper before The Institution “On Estimating the Illuminating Power of Coal-Gas,” for which he was awarded a Telford premium. Versatile, enthusiastic and hard-working, he was always ready to impart his knowledge and experience to those who sought his aid. In private life a loyal friend, he was well known and generally esteemed in engineering circles, where his death caused deep and wide-felt regret.

Mr. Sugg was elected an Associate of The Institution on the 6th May, 1862.

1907 Obituary [6]

. . . William Thomas Sugg, the head of W. Sugg and Co, gas engineers, of Vincent Works, Regency-street, Westminster. Mr. Sugg, who was seventy-four years of age, . . . [more]

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