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Biographical entry Ross, Joseph Grafton (1834 - 1906)

9 June 1834
Kidderminster, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
4 July 1906
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Joseph Grafton Ross patented a method for 'Improvements in the Manufacture of Alcohol' in 1875. He was secretary and manager of the Colonial Sugar Refining Co., chairman of the Trade Protection Society of New South Wales, a director of the Australian Gaslight Co., the Mercantile Bank of Sydney and the Australian General Assurance Co. and served on the committee of the Chamber of Commerce.



Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney) with his family
1850 - c. 1855
Career position - Junior Clerk at the Australasian Sugar Co.
1855 - 1879
Career position - Secretary and Manager of the Colonial Sugar Refining Co.
Life event - Resigned
Life event - Returned to England

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Lowndes, A. G., 'Ross, Joseph Grafton (1834-1906)', in Bede Nairn (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 6, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976, p. 62. Also available at Details
  • Ross, Joseph Grafton and Dixon, William Adam, 'Improvements in the Manufacture of Alcohol (Patent: 7 June, 1875)', in Index to New South Wales Letters of Registration of Inventions, 1854 to July 1887, Government Printer, Sydney, 1891, p. 62. Details

Journal Articles

  • Ross, Joseph Grafton, 'Improvement in the Manufacture of Sugar by Means of the Direct Action of Sulphur Fumes upon Juice of the Sugar-cane. Patent No. 452, 12 january, 1875'. Details

Online Resources

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