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Collection Level Description: Papers of Phillip K. Saunders

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 552
Title: Papers of Phillip K. Saunders
Dates of Creation: c1945-1960s
Extent: 1 volume, 166 pp., 11 photographs

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

These details are taken from Saunders' unpublished autobiography

Phillip K. Saunders (b c1899) saw service at the beginning of World War One as a naval cadet and later engineer. After the war he was sent by his family to Brazil, where he worked and travelled widely. In c1932 he moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked initially as an engineering draftsman for a company manufacturing explosives for the Johannesburg and Kimberley mines. Again, he travelled widely as well as working in the mines at Witwatersrand and inventing a pick-cock for reducing air flow. He founded a company to market his invention, returned to London and set up as a consulting engineer. He later travelled across Canada and attempted to make a success of his invention through contacts in Chicago. He eventually built up a world-wide business, though this suffered financially in the 1940s. By 1943 he was stationed in New York working for the Navy, installing anti-submarine devices on merchant vessels, eventually patenting and manufacturing his own design.

Scope and Content

Unpublished autobiography, c1945-1960s.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were purchased by the South African Friends of the Bodleian on 25th August 1998.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Access Points

Saunders | Phillip K. | inventor engineer mine worker

Brazil | Description and travel

South Africa | Description and travel

Canada | Description and travel

World War, 1914-1918 | Personal narratives, British

Great Britain.Royal Navy | History | World War, 1914-1918

Goldmines and mining | South Africa | History


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