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Felton, Alfred (1831 - 1904)

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Philanthropist and Business executive
Born: 8 November 1831  Maldon, Essex, England.  Died: 8 January 1904  St Kilda, Victoria, Australia.
Alfred Felton was a very successful businessman during the 1800s. He co-founded numerous businesses with F.S. Grimwade including Felton, Grimwade and Co., Melbourne Glass Bottle Works, an acid works, Adelaide Chemical Works Co. and J. Bosisto & Co. The Adelaide Chemical Works Co. was the only one of their business ventures that failed. Felton was also a philanthropist and set up trust funds worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to be administered by the Felton Bequests’ Committee. The money was for Melbourne charities and for the Melbourne National Art Gallery.

Career Highlights

1853Migrated to Australia (Victoria)
1857 - 1861Commission Agent and general dealer in Victoria
1861Wholesale druggist in Swanston Street
1867Established Felton, Grimwade and Co. wholesale drug house
1872Established the Melbourne Glass Bottle Works and an acid works
1882Established the Adelaide Chemical Works Co.
1885Established J. Bosisto & Co.
1897Merger of the acid works with Cuming Smith & Co.

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