George Shillibeer, 1797-1866
Simple name : Person: staff
Collection : People
Reference number : 1996/5200
Shillibeer was a coach builder, who is thought to have supplied vehicles for the world's first bus service, started in Paris. Much impressed, he brought the idea to London, starting his own service in 1829. Within two years, competitors had forced him into bankruptcy, and he was elected chairman of the first horse bus Association, designed to limit such damaging competition.
Retiring from the bus scene in 1834, he ended his days as a funeral director.
A memorial tablet to Shillibeer was unveiled at St Mary's Church, Chigwell, on the wall of the north aisle, west end on the 17th September 1929.
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- Chairman, first omnibus Association : 01/09/1831 - 31/12/1834
- Bus operator : 04/07/1829 - 31/12/1834