Obituary - Edward Paget-Tomlinson
The review on pp 16-17 of
Soundings 58 reminds me that Society members have lost one of their number with the death on 12 November of Edward Paget-Tomlinson of Easton, near Wells from complications following an operation.
Edward was a foremost scholar of canal history, and helped to found the
North West Museum of Inland Navigation at Ellesmere Port. He was Keeper of
Shipping and Land Transport at Liverpool Museums in the 1960's, and moved to a similar post at Hull Museums before devoting himself to full-time writing
and painting. He contributed in both media regularly to Waterways World
and other specialist magazines. He illustrated many books on the histories
of minor railways, with Switzerland as his area of special study. For several years he owned the wooden Thomas Clayton tar tanker, Gifford, now an
exhibit at Ellesmere Port's Boat Museum.
His generous and illuminating review of Hugh Conway-Jones' history of the
Gloucester & Sharpness Canal typifies his enthusiastic and scholarly
approach to transport history. His friends have been touched to receive this
week Christmas cards featuring his own illustration of a Furness Railway
pannier tank locomotive, which he wrote and addressed before he went into
hospital early in November. Edward took pains over everything he took on,
and will be sadly missed now that his richly-productive life has suddenly
been snuffed out.
From John Robinson
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