Henry Threlfall Wilson (1825 - 1869)

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Birthplace: Taddlework, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Greater London, UK
Occupation: Co-founder of the White Star Line
Managed by: Anne-Marie Healy-Kalishoek (C)
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About Henry Threlfall Wilson

Henry Threlfall Wilson - co founder of the White Star Line

The White Star Line was originally founded in Liverpool in 1845 by John Pilkington and Henry Wilson. The company's initial focus was on the Australian gold mine trade. In the early 1850's if you had sound ships and ran the Australian route, it would almost be difficult to not succeed. In one month of 1853, no less than 32,000 "get rich quick" hopefuls left port in Liverpool bound or Australia to strike their fortunes in gold. Australia's colony population jumped from 430,000 to 1.7 million in just 3 years after gold was discovered.

Pilkington and Wilson's initial business plan for the White Star Line included leasing and chartering as opposed to purchasing vessels. As business increased and capital was established, they would purchase vessels . The first ship purchased under the White Star Line name was the 879-ton clipper ship Iowa, of the barque class. In 1853, Henry Wilson's daughter married a man a young man named James Chambers. Chambers had proved his capabilities in the shipping business working for his father and it was just as matter of time until he became a partner in the White Star Line.

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Henry Threlfall Wilson's Timeline

1825
1825
Taddlework, Yorkshire, England
1848
1848
Age 23
Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK
1851
1851
Age 26
Liverpool, Lancashire, England
1854
1854
Age 29
Wavertree, Lancashire, England
1856
1856
Age 31
Wavertree, Lancashire, England
1857
1857
Age 32
Wavertree, Lancashire, England
1859
1859
Age 34
Wavertree, Lancashire, England
1869
November 1, 1869
Age 44
Greater London, UK