William Henry Malkin was an engineering businessman and was also a Salford Councillor for 5 years.
William was born in 1848 in Lord Street, Hulme, Manchester, the eldest of 5 children. He attended St. George's school in Hulme, and then became an apprentice mechanic at Messrs Collier and Sons, Toolmaker Machinists, located close to Manchester Cathedral. On 19th November 1867, at the age of 19, William enrolled as a Special Constable, as a disturbance was expected owing to the execution of the Manchester Martyrs at the New Bailey Prison, Salford, (on 23rd November 1867).
At the end of his apprenticeship William joined his cousin's firm as Mechanic. This was Thomas Hartcliffe Lee of Salford, 21, St.Simon Street. As a skilled and valued worker he soon became Foreman and then in 1880 he became a partner in Hartcliffe and Malkin, Brassfounders and Coppersmiths. The business developed greatly with orders from all over the UK as well as India and Australia.
On 19th May 1877, William married Emma Bruce Matthews, eldest daughter of John Matthews, a Prime Cost Clerk of Bolton and formerly a schoolmaster in Manchester. This was at St. Luke's Church, Weaste, and it was conducted by Canon Crane. William and Emma lived in Broughton for 20 years. He was a Conservative and elected twice for Salford Council. Firstly in November 1885 for the old Kersal Ward, but lost it by a few votes in November 1888. However, when a vacancy came up in the same ward in 1889 he was successful. He did not seek re-election in 1893 due to pressure of work and family commitments. William was a keen Freemason, becoming Worshipful Master of Harmony Lodge. He was also a member of the Oddfellows, the National Sick and Burial Society, the Geographical Society, Broughton Football Club, the County Cricket Club and other organisations. He was also a Church Warden at Ascension Church, Duke Street, Broughton.
In March 1894, William Malkin became ill with a liver complaint and was confined to bed. Later he was unable to eat and became very weak. He died on Wednesday 30th May of jaundice and dropsy (Oedema or fluid retention). He was 45 years of age. He was buried at Weaste Cemetery on Saturday 2nd June 1894, attended by his wife Emma, his mother, sisters Isabella and Mary and brother John.