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Biographical entry Henderson, Joseph (1869 - 1949)

7 April 1869
Darlington, England
9 July 1949


Joseph Henderson was blast furnace manager of the Lithgow Iron & Steel Works (later Hoskins Iron & Steel Co. Ltd 1907-1921, when he moved to South Africa and joined the Witwatersrand Co-operative Smelting Works as a chemist in 1921. He returned to Australia in 1941. He was heavily involved in successfully finding an economically viable method of recovering platinum from a dump on the Witwatersrand Co-operative Smelting Works.


Born Darlington, England, 7 April 1869. Died 9 July 1949. Public laboratory of Dr J.E. Stead, Middlesboro for 4 years, in charge of the laboratory of William Whitwell and Co. Ltd, Thornaby Ironworks, Thornaby-on-Tees for 15 years, teacher in technical classes in iron and steel and practical metallurgy, Middlesboro Technical College for 7 years, blast furnace manager, Lithgow Iron & Steel Works, New South Wales (later Hoskins Iron & Steel Co. Ltd) 1907-21, Newcastle (Natal) Iron & Steel Works 1921, chemist, Witwatersrand Co-operative Smelting Works, Johannesburg 1921-retirement. Gold research medal, Chemical, Metallurgical & Mining Society of South Africa 1928. President, Chemical, Metallurgical & Mining Society of South Africa 1930-31.

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