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Russell, Peter Nicol (1816 - 1905)

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Ironfounder and Benefactor
Born: 4 July 1816  Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.  Died: 10 July 1905  Porchester Gate, London, United Kingdom.
(Sir) Peter Nicol Russell was a partner in Russell Brothers general engineering and foundry business, established in Sydney in 1838. In 1842 he took over James Blanche's foundry and renamed it The Sydney Foundry and Engineering Works. He had contracts for all the ironwork required by the New South Wales government and The Sydney Municipal Council. In 1855 he formed P.N. Russell & Co and in 1859 he moved to London as the company’s resident UK partner. He gave £50,000 to the University of Sydney in 1895 to establish the Peter Nicol Russell School of Engineering and a further £50,000 in 1904. He is commemorated by the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal, which was established by the Institution of Engineers, Australia in 1919.

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1832Arrived in Hobart Town with family on the Anne Jamieson
1838Moved to Sydney with family
1842 - 1855?The Sydney Foundry and Engineering Works established
1855 - 1874P. N. Russell & Co established
1895£50,000 donation given to the School of Engineering at the University of Sydney (16 December)
1904Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
1904£50,000 donation given to the Peter Nicol Russell School of Engineering, University of Sydney

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Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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