- Corporate body
Silversmiths founded in 1879 by Arthur S. Zimmerman and John Ulrich Zimmerman. Became A & J Zimmerman Ltd in 1902 finished trading in 1930.
A BECKETT, GILBERT ABBOTT, brother of Sir William à Beckett (qv); b. 17 Feb 1811; adm. 10 Jan 1820; left Aug 1828; adm. Gray’s Inn 25 Apr 1828, called to bar 27 Jan 1841; a Metropolitan Police Magistrate from Feb 1849, sitting first at Greenwich and Woolwich, but at Southwark from 31 Dec 1849; while at school he started, with his brother William, the Censor and the Literary Beacon, two papers which attracted much attention; founder and first editor of Figaro in London, the immediate precursor of Punch; subsequently one of the original staff of Punch, and for many years leader writer for the Times and Morning Herald; author of The Comic History of England, 1848, some fifty or sixty plays, and numerous other works; m. 21 Jan 1835 Mary Anne, eldest dau. of Joseph Glossop, Royal Coburg Theatre, Clerk of the Cheque to the Hon. Corps of Gentlemen at Arms; d. at Boulogne 30 Aug 1856. DNB.
A BECKETT, GILBERT ARTHUR, eldest son of Gilbert Abbott à Beckett (qv); b. 7 Apr 1837; adm. 6 Jun 1849 (G); QS 1851; elected to Christ Church, Oxford 1855, matr. 7 Jun 1855, Westminster Student; BA 1860; adm. Lincoln’s Inn 15 Oct 1857; a clerk in the office of the Examiners of Criminal Law Accounts 1862-5; one of the principal contributors to Punch, and author of numerous libretti and dramatic pieces; joint author with W. S. Gilbert of the famous burlesque The Happy Land, performed at the Court Theatre 3 Mar 1873; Roman Catholic convert 1869; m. 24 Nov 1863 Emily, eldest dau. of William Hunt, Bath, Somerset; d. 15 Oct 1891. DNB.
A BECKETT, THOMAS TURNER, brother of Sir William à Beckett (qv); b. 13 Sep 1808; adm. 10 Jul 1818 (Packharness'); articled to his father 1824-9; adm. solicitor 1829, practising in Golden Square, London 1829-50; emigrated to Australia 1850; practised as a solicitor in Melbourne from Jan 1851; Registrar, Diocese of Melbourne 1854-87; nominated member, legislative council, Victoria 14 Jul 1852-6; elected member for Central Province 1858-78; Minister without Portfolio, Victoria Nov 1860- Nov 1861; member, Executive Council, sworn 7 Jan 1861; Commissioner for Trade and Customs, Victoria Apr 1870- Jan 1871; author, Remarks on the present state of the law of debtor and creditor, 1844, and other works; m. Eliza Stuckey; d. at Brighton, near Melbourne, Australia 1 Jul 1892.
A BECKETT, SIR WILLIAM, eldest son of William à Beckett, Golden Square, London, attorney, and Sarah Abbott, St. George’s, Hanover Square [dau. of William Abbott, witness at her wedding ?]; b. 2 Jul 1806; adm. 22 Jan 1816 (Packharness'); adm. Lincoln’s Inn 15 Nov 1822, called to bar 30 Jun 1829; emigrated to New South Wales 1837; acting Solicitor-General, New South Wales Mar 1841, confirmed Mar 1843; acting Judge of Supreme Court, New South Wales Jul 1844-5; Judge of Supreme Court for district of Port Phillip (Melbourne) Feb 1846 - Jan 1852; Chief Justice of Victoria 24 Jan 1852; knighted by patent 19 Nov 1852; retd. 1857; returned to England 1863; helped to found the Melbourne Punch; wrote a great number of the biographies in The Georgian Era, 1832-4; author, Outer Harness, 1854, and other works; m. 1st, 1 Oct 1832 Emily, dau. of Edward Hayley, London; m. 2nd, at Port Philip, Australia, 30 Oct 1849 Matilda, sister of his deceased wife; d. 27 Jun 1869. DNB.