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7 January 1888 John Stokes Bagshaw

 7 January 1888     John Stokes Bagshaw

John Stokes Bagshaw died on 7 January 1888 at his home in Franklin Street, Adelaide. 

Bagshaw, a millwright and engineer, arrived in South Australia on 24 June 1838. He settled south of Adelaide where he was employed on the construction of flour mills at Noarlunga, Port Noarlunga and Encounter Bay. By 1839 he had established an agricultural implement workshop in Adelaide and there manufactured horse ploughs, chaffcutters and corncrushers. He won public recognition by building John Ridley's first harvesting machine. He designed and produced the first winnowing machine in Australia and this became his speciality. He produced more than 200 machines, selling for £17, under the trade name 'Champion'. 

His son John, also a skilful engineer and inventor, joined the business followed by a younger son Thomas. In 1912 the company bought a site at Mile End and in 1924 J.H. Horwood joined the firm which became known as Horwood Bagshaw Ltd. 

John Stokes Bagshaw represented Gawler Ward on the City Council from 1870-74. He was one of the founders of the Adelaide Branch of the Ancient London Order of Oddfellows.

Douglas Pike (ed), Australian Dictionary of Biography , Volume 3, 72-3.
The Observer , 7 January 1888, pp. 15-16.

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