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Thomas Aveling
Birth: 1824
Chesterton (Cambridge), England
Death: Mar. 7, 1882

Engineer. With his partner Richard Thomas Porter, he developed the first practical steam-powered road roller. He began his career as an apprentice farmer, and during his training gained knowledge of new types of farm machinery, such as the portable steam engine and the threshing machine. He then went into business with his father in law, building and repairing agricultural machinery. In 1856 he devised the first steam-powered plough, and was given a prize of three hundred guineas by Kentish farmers in recognition of the importance of his invention. He began a partnership with Richard Thomas Porter in 1863 to form the company Aveling and Porter, and went on to produce the first steam road roller in 1865. This was successfully tested in London, Chatham and Rochester, and was later exported to the United States, France and India. Aveling and Porter went on to build more traction engines and steam rollers than any other British Manufacturer, and also a small number of locomotives for work on industrial railroads. His engineering achievements earned him many honours during his lifetime, including the Knighthood of the order of Saint Francis and Joseph, and the Order of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. He is remembered today as the "father of the traction engine" and examples of his machines can be seen at the Science Museum and the Museum of London Transport, London. (bio by: js) 
 
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  Sarah Aveling (____ - 1898)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Lake Aveling (1856 - 1931)*
 
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Burial:
Hoo St Werburgh Churchyard
Hoo St Werburgh
Medway Unitary Authority
Kent, England
Plot: Churchyard
 
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Record added: Feb 21, 2009
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