The Rex Wailes Collection. Windmills and steam power in Barbados

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    Cookson, Mildred M [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2020

    Medium Digital

    People and communities > Biographies & tributes
    Food (non-cereal) processes > Sugar


    Scope & contentBy Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive Trust, UK

    By the late 1960s, Rex was being invited to survey and report on mills in many places around the world. As an engineer he made great use of his contacts before starting on such an expedition. His planned trip to Barbados was carried out for McGill University in Canada, ably assisted by fellow engineer Sir Frank Hutson of DM Simpson & Co Ltd of Bridgetown. He first visited Simpson's offices just off Trafalgar Square, where the engineers there dealt very largely with sugar mills and worked closely with the Central Foundry in Barbados. Rex was shown catalogues of machinery there, manufactured by Fletcher & Stewart Ltd, a firm in Derbyshire. Rex visited the Foundry and saw for himself the machinery and steam engines which delighted him no end.

    Rex's survey, carried out in January 1969, was subsequently written up in the Transactions of the Newcomen Society as a very detailed account with drawings and photographs of the many mills he visited... Read more.


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