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Lisadian

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Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« on: April 03, 2019, 06:19:14 PM »
This is my first post.
I am currently researching the life and work of Sir Samuel Cleland Davidson, founder and Managing Director of the Sirocco Works. He died in 1921 so we are coming to the centenary of hid death. He was an incredible man, some would say an engineering genius, who revolutionized the tea industry and went on to invent, construct and sell ground breaking fans, heating equipment and air conditioning.
I would like to hear from anyone who has first hand information about any aspect of Davidson and/or the Sirocco works. I know that there was a group of former employees -The Sirocco Dinosuars, met regularly at the Park Avenue Hotel at Strandtown, and who may still meet there. I'm keen to make contact with them.I am aware of material at the Public Record Office-PRONI.
Many thanks

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2019, 09:02:44 AM »
Welcome to the Forum Lisadian.

Hopefully some Members will be able to assist you.

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2019, 09:08:18 AM »
If you enter Sirocco Works into the Google Custom Search box at the right hand side at the top of this
page you will see many threads which have already been started on the Forum.

Hope this helps.

Good Luck.

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2019, 07:36:07 PM »
This is my first post.
I am currently researching the life and work of Sir Samuel Cleland Davidson, founder and Managing Director of the Sirocco Works. He died in 1921 so we are coming to the centenary of hid death. He was an incredible man, some would say an engineering genius, who revolutionized the tea industry and went on to invent, construct and sell ground breaking fans, heating equipment and air conditioning.
I would like to hear from anyone who has first hand information about any aspect of Davidson and/or the Sirocco works. I know that there was a group of former employees -The Sirocco Dinosuars, met regularly at the Park Avenue Hotel at Strandtown, and who may still meet there. I'm keen to make contact with them.I am aware of material at the Public Record Office-PRONI.
Many thanks

Welcome. There are many photos of Sirocco on the 'every black and white photos tells a story' thread. I will try and upload a few.  :)
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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2019, 04:03:36 PM »
Thanks to those who responded to my query. I have followed up by meeting the Sirocco Dinosaurs, who get together on the last Wednesday of the month at the Park Avenue Hotel at Strandtown. I can now admit that I have started my research with the firm objective of writing  a book on Davidson and the Sirocco Works written and published in time for the centenary of Samuel Davidson's death in 2021. I've also connected his family and am getting support and information from them. I'm deeply into the material at the Public Record Office (PRONI).
I'd like to get any more available info from contributors to BF or other. What's the best way to get info ? I can put up my email address but I'm not sure if that is the correct thing to do. Maybe someone can advise me.

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2019, 04:05:59 PM »
Forgot to add that anyone interesting should look out in the newspapers for my Press Release on the forthcoming book. It includes my name, email and phone number but I don't know if the papers will publish these details.

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2019, 06:39:39 PM »
Forgot to add that anyone interesting should look out in the newspapers for my Press Release on the forthcoming book. It includes my name, email and phone number but I don't know if the papers will publish these details.

I look forward to your book. It will make interesting reading I am sure. Samuel Davidson was a great Engineering pioneer a man of vision and fully deserves his place in Ulster history.  :)
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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2020, 06:43:51 PM »
I just thought I'd add a note here to update the position regarding my writing the history of Davidson & Co and the Sirocco Works. I'm still at it and the Coronavirus "lockdown" has given me a very good opportunity to make progress.

I've given a number of talks on the subject now, including at the Linenhall Library and the Public Record Office (PRONI). There waas a great event in February 2020 when members if the Davidson family were on hand to unveil a blue plaque honouring the great Sir Samuel. It is mounted on a wall alongside Rosemary Street Presbyterian Churc[size=78%]h and is easily seen.[/size]

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2020, 07:27:48 AM »
This is my first post.
I am currently researching the life and work of Sir Samuel Cleland Davidson, founder and Managing Director of the Sirocco Works. He died in 1921 so we are coming to the centenary of hid death. He was an incredible man, some would say an engineering genius, who revolutionized the tea industry and went on to invent, construct and sell ground breaking fans, heating equipment and air conditioning.
I would like to hear from anyone who has first hand information about any aspect of Davidson and/or the Sirocco works. I know that there was a group of former employees -The Sirocco Dinosuars, met regularly at the Park Avenue Hotel at Strandtown, and who may still meet there. I'm keen to make contact with them.I am aware of material at the Public Record Office-PRONI.
Many thanks
  hi there lisadian,    this may not be of much use to you but for what it is worth:    working in H&W  in the 1950s as a boilermaker we used a lot of sirocco stuff in ships engine and boiler rooms and no doubt in other parts of the ship.   all the best.    roy c. 

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2020, 06:03:59 PM »
Thanks Roycrew for such a quick response. It would be helpful to me if you could write  few lines here with a bit more detail on what H and W were doing with Sirocco 'kit'.

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2020, 08:11:48 AM »
Thanks Roycrew for such a quick response. It would be helpful to me if you could write  few lines here with a bit more detail on what H and W were doing with Sirocco 'kit'.
  hello again lisadian, on your question :   although i worked in the engine and boiler rooms my side of things did not involve me in other than the boilers and the various bits and pieces that went with them.   however the ventilation systems etc.  was also boilermakers jobs and that was were sirocco came in,   thats about all i can tell you there.     another story however:   in 1961 we left ireland and came to australia where we still live.  around 1985 we took a tour of a tea plantation in northern nsw and would you believe it?  the manager was a belfast man and paid extra time with us if i remember it rightly he had been an employee of sirocco and had come out to set up the sirocco equipment and was still there as manager,  (the plantation is madura tea)       all the best.  roy  c.

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Re: Sirocco Engineering and Samuel Davidson
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2020, 06:52:43 PM »
Thanks roycrew I've not been in the site for several weeks and didn't see your 3 May post till now. Good to have your story especially about the NSW visit to a tea factory. It seems to have followed a very common pattern. An engineer sent out from Belfast to manage the factory. also it seems common for a lot of the machinery to still be in use. One friend visited a factory in Sri Lanka and on being shown round a tea factory saw that the machinery was indeed Sirocco. When he asked the manager how they could still be working with such old equipment the answer was, "Because it works perfectly."