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 A man who had started his working career as a blacksmith and through the years worked his way up into the Managers position at a colliery employing over three thousand workers


Born in Haughton Lancashire the son of Zachariah  and Ann Wilshaw in 1881.

 By 1891 George Wilshaw age ten is listed on the census of that year as a Blacksmith living at Gorton near Haughton in Lancashire. Ten years later he is listed on the 1901 census as a coalminer in Denton Lancashire, sadly in the intervening years he had lost his father.



George met his wife May [ Photo left ] and approximately in 1905 they were married, in the following years the couple had four children prior to 1911. It is believed the photo on the right below is of the Denton Buffalos and George is sitting front row on the left.























Approximately 1910  The Wilshaw's had moved to Yorkshire firstly to Dalton Brook where their youngest child was born. By 1911 the family are listed on the census living at 89 Whinney Hill Thrybergh and George is now a Colliery Deputy [ Probably at the Roundwood Mine] Living in the household is Fred Bennet George's brother in law  listed as an underground haulage hand.


George is listed in The Mining engineer: Volumes 53-54 Institution of Mining Engineers (Great Britain) 1917
NE Wilshaw, George, Roundwood Cottages, Parkgate, Rotherham.


In 1918 Dalton Main Collieries Ltd., Parkgate, Rotherham were listed as owning Roundwood Parkgate under G Wilshaw and H Gent with 562 men underground and 54 surface workers


Institute of Mining Engineers
Transactions Volume LIX, 1919-1920  :-
Wilshaw, George, Roundwood Cottages, Parkgate, Rotherham.


Pre 1920

F. Parker Rhodes was the company chairman, Directors included Sir Chas and Lady Ellis, Sir William Ellis and F. J. Dundas. The General manager's of Silverwood and Roundwood was Mr. A. Blenkinsop. Mr. H. Wright was the Collieries  sales agent, Mr. F. H. Frost was the collieries secretary, Mr. W. H. Ball was manger of Silverwood and Mr. G. Wilshaw was the manager of Roundwood.


The Colliery guardian and journal of the coal and iron trades: Volume 136  1928 -
Mr. George Wilshaw, manager for about 10 years of the Roundwood Colliery, Rotherham, has been appointed manager of the Silverwood Colliery of the Dalton Main Collieries group. He was previously a deputy at the colliery of which he now ...


In 1930 George is mentioned as manager of Silverwood in the The Colliery guardian and journal of the coal and iron trades,



The Colliery guardian and journal of the coal and iron trades: Volume 141 1930
Interviewed on the position, Mr. G. Wilshaw, manager of the Silverwood Colliery, said if the management had known definitely that they would not have orders for Monday, one of the play-days could have been arranged for Thursday.


In 1938 Silverwood was listed as Dalton Main Collieries Ltd., Rotherham Roundwood & Silverwood Thrybergh, nr. Rotherham manager G Wilshaw under-manager D Tuke with 2,439 men underground and 815 men on the surface.



Footnote by John:
My late wife and I left England in 1986 bound for Australia my Mother at the time was living in Ravenfield the village adjoining the boundary of Silverwood mine. When Sheila sent in the information regarding George I remembered my Mother had often mentioned a Mrs Wilshaw a widower who lived in the Bungalow opposite and had always remarked what a nice lady she was. I verified this by contacting my sister in England by phone, and my brother in law informed me that on the day we left my Mothers house for Australia Mrs Wilshaw upon witnessing our departure and how upset my Mother was came across with a bottle of brandy and offered the family a drink.
Following this story Danny [my brother in law ] informed me that Mrs Wilshaw’s maiden name was Rollett and her father was once the main union man at the mine and her husband was named George Wilshaw the son of the Manager. Now that’s one wedding that would have caused quite a stir in the local mining community.



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