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Broodbank, Sir Joseph Guinness (1857–1944), docks administrator and public servant, was born on 15 July 1857 at Poplar, London, the eldest son of Caleb Broodbank, accountant, of Folkestone, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Captain Thomas Coburn, merchant navy, of Poplar. In 1872 he entered the service of the ...

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Sir Joseph Guinness Broodbank (1857–1944) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dash, Jack O'Brien (1907–1989), political activist and unofficial dockers' leader, was born on 23 April 1907 in Southwark, south London, the youngest of four sons of Joseph Thomas Dash, a stagehand, and his wife, Rose Gertrude Johns, an actor. According to Dash's own account, his upbringing was one of great material hardship. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was seven and his father, who then had an even greater struggle to support the family, also died of a lung complaint a few years later. After an elementary schooling, his skill at drawing led to a trial period with an engraving firm, but pressure to take home a better wage resulted in a series of menial jobs, starting in a ...

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Goodrich, Simon (1773–1847), engineer and dockyard manager, was born on 28 October 1773, the son of Isaac Goodrich of Suffolk. Nothing is known of his early education and training, but in December 1796 he was appointed a draftsman to the mechanist in the office of ...

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Keyzer [née Mitchell], Isabella [Bella] (1922–1992), textile and shipyard worker, and women's activist, was born on 29 August 1922 at 3 Blinshall Street, Dundee, the youngest of three children of Thomas Mitchell (c.1880–c.1949), a baker, and his second wife, ...

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C. W. Sutton

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Moore, John Bramley- (1800–1886), dock administrator, was probably born at Pontefract, Yorkshire (some authorities say Leeds), the youngest son of Thomas Moore, but little else is known about his origins. He went to Brazil at an early age, possibly when he was only fourteen years old, and lived in ...

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Senhouse, Humphrey (1705–1770), landowner and port founder, was born on 2 July 1705 at Millom Castle, Cumberland, the fourth child of Humphrey Senhouse (d. 1738) and his wife, Eleanor, daughter of William Kirkby of Ashlack, Lancashire. Humphrey Senhouse senior was a scion of an old gentry family in ...

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Trelawny, Ian Clarence (1917–1998), docks manager and port consultant, was born on 17 January 1917 at 1 Coltbridge Terrace, Edinburgh, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of Captain Clarence Walter Eyre Trelawny, an officer in the Royal Navy...

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E. I. Carlyle

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Vaughan, William (1752–1850), promoter of the London docks, was born in London on 22 September 1752, the second son of Samuel Vaughan (1720–1802), a London merchant, and his wife, Sarah (1727–1809), daughter of Benjamin Hallowell of Boston, Massachusetts. He received a good education, first at ...