Arthur John Wilmshurst was born on Dec. 14th, 1862, and came on the scene as a maker of banjos---and more especially zither-banjos - about 1890 at 3 Layard Road, Bermondsey, London, S.E. He made for other firms, e.g., Ebblewhite, Turner.etc. His workshop was a small back room in the house in which he lived, and by 1911 he had moved half a mile onto the high street at 128 Southwark Park Road, Bermondsey, and was still there in 1921.
He died on 1st March 1946, at the age of 83, and the Clifford Essex Music Co. Ltd. purchased his stock of timber, spare parts, and unfinished instruments.
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