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Biographical entry Austin, Herbert (1866 - 1941)


8 November 1866
Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England
23 May 1941
Lickey Grange, Worcestershire, England


Herbert Austin worked for Frederick York Wolseley from c.1885, rising from foreman to chairman of directors (from 1911). He designed and made the first Wolseley motor car in 1895 and in 1905 he started the Austin Motor Co.


Born Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England, 8 November 1866. Died Lickey Grange, near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, 23 May 1941. KBE 1917, Baron. Arrived Melbourne 1884, apprenticed to Henry Langlands junior in a foundry, after completing his indentures became foreman in R.P. Park's engineering works, which carried out the first commercial order for production of shearing machine handpieces for Frederick York Wolseley (q.v.), suggested improvements which resulted in his appointment as foreman of Wolseley's plant in Melbourne, Wolseley's Sydney office 1888-93, production manager of the Wolseley company at Birmingham 1893-1901, Wolseley's board of directors from 1901, chairman from 1911, general manager of Vickers Sons & Maxim which took over the machine tools and motor car side of Wolseley's 1901-05, started his own manufacturing company 1905. Member, Labour Resettlement Committee 1919-25. In 1936 gave £250,000 to finance the scientific work of Lord Rutherford (q.v.) at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge.

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McCarthy, G.J.