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Davy, Edward (1806 - 1885)

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Physician and Telegraphic scientist
Born: 16 June 1806  Ottery St Mary, Devonshire, England.  Died: 26 January 1885  Malmsbury, Victoria, Australia.
Edward Davy was educated as a doctor. He had a variety of occupations in England, South Australia and Victoria before becoming a medical practitioner in Malmsbury, Victoria for the last 30 years of his life. He was one of the early experimenters with the electric telegraph and was certainly the inventor of the electric relay.

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Born Ottery St Mary, Devonshire, England, 16 June 1806. Died Malmsbury, Victoria, 26 January 1885. Educated St Bartholomew's Hospital (passed the Apothecary's Hall 1828 and the Royal College of Surgeons 1829). Chemical business, Davy & Co. 1830-38, experimented with the electric telegraph 1835-36, migrated to South Australia 1838, editor, Adelaide Examiner 1842, produced starch from wheat 1843, resumed his profession of medical practitioner at least once in the period to 1845, copper smelting from 1845, director and manager, Adelaide Smelting Co. 1847-50, chief assayer, Government Assay Office, Adelaide 1852, assay master, Melbourne 1853-54, unsuccessful farmer near Malmsbury for a short time, medical practitioner, Malmsbury for the rest of his life. Elected an honorary member of the Society of Telegraph Engineers 1885. Inaugural president, Adelaide Mechanics' Institute 1851. Mayor of Malmsbury three times, active justice of the peace and health officer for more than 20 years.
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