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Spade plater 1 month 3 weeks ago #1562

Alfred Edge born Stourbridge had a daughter Annie in 1888 who died young. He was a spade plater (on marriage, a plater). One census transcribed this as plasterer! He died in Australia in 1906 (struck by lightning) and was a great-uncle of mine. I am in touch with his family in Oz and would like to understand what his occupation really was.

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Spade plater 1 month 2 weeks ago #1563


My guess would be a (black) smith who specialised in making spades, an apprenticed trade. Or someone who just put sheet metal in to a power press.

I would suggest looking him up in a Commercial Directory, e.g. Kelly's. Blacksmiths are likely to be separately listed.

I think finding a record of an Apprenticeship would be lucky at this time. However, a census record of being Journeyman is a possibility.

Carpet Bagger.
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