Dating lister stationary engines
Retailing revenues were particularly healthy in Australia and New Zealand, where sheep-shearing equipment was in great demand.
In 1929, Sir Robert died at the age of 84, and in the same year the first of Lister’s own design of “CS” (cold start) diesel engine was made.
After the death of his first wife, who bore him four children of whom two survived into adulthood, his second wife Louisa bore him four daughters and four sons.
The third youngest child, Robert Ashton Lister, was born in 1845 and educated in Germany and France.
Where he was heard complaining that “Charles was going to ruin the company with these infernal combustion engines”.
In 1889 Robert acquired the UK rights to manufacture and sell Danish engineer Mikael Pedersen’s new cream separator, which through a spinning centrifugal separator allowed the machine to run at a constant speed and hence create a regular consistency of cream.
Marketed in the UK and British Empire as “The Alexandra Cream Separator”, its success resulted in Pedersen moving to Dursley.
With one cylinder and producing 9 horsepower (6.7 k W), it became known as the Lister 9-1.
This was quickly followed by: the 5-1, 10-2, 18-2 and 38-4 all in 1930; the 27-3 in 1931; and 3-1, CD and CE in 1933.
He was commiserated on this misfortune by the owner of the Bristol Omnibus Company who replied “I know how you feel my boys are out in America playing kites with those Wright Brothers in their bicycle factory”.