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Rachel Report 17 Feb 2013 17:27


I have found that a number of my ancestors were boilermakers in Liverpool from 1860's - 1900's; and was wondering if there was any way of finding out more information about them? Apparently one of them was a buffalo in the boilermakers group, but don't know anything about this. Have tried google but have not had any joy - does anyone else have any suggestions please?



brummiejan Report 17 Feb 2013 17:48

Hi Rachel.
Where did you get 'buffalo' from? Just wondering if it's a genuine term!
I assume what you are after is info about boilermakers in general?

ADDED just in case you ever need to, you can look up Victorian occupations here:



Rachel Report 17 Feb 2013 17:54

Yes am after boilermaker information in general. I was told that one of my boilermaker ancestors was a 'buffalo' but don't know what this means.


brummiejan Report 17 Feb 2013 17:57

Who told you this? You would need to see it for yourself I think - it doesn't sound likely does it? But they got this info from somewhere I suppose!!


brummiejan Report 17 Feb 2013 18:03

Have you looked here?


Rachel Report 17 Feb 2013 18:04

No I haven't looked at those websites, but will do so thank you :)


Reggie Report 17 Feb 2013 18:12

Are you sure that the reference to 'buffalo' was in connection with the man's employment?

Could it have referred to his having been a member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes? R.A.O.B (Buffs) clubs proliferated in years gone by


Rachel Report 18 Feb 2013 19:35

That is most helpful Reggie - thank you!


Malcolm Report 19 Feb 2013 09:27

Maybe he was the "Charge Hand" Rachel! :-D There are some very strange titles in trade organisations. I think Reggie might be on the right lines though.


Potty Report 19 Feb 2013 13:17

This is the RAOB's website: