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George learnt quickly and after his father's death invested his inheritance in buying the former Rivers Mill on Uley Road, which he turned into a card-making factory.
After the death of his first wife, who bore him four children of whom two survived into adulthood, his second wife Louisa bore him four daughters and four sons.
The third youngest child, Robert Ashton Lister, was born in 1845 and educated in Germany and France.
He led the exhibit of the family's products to the Paris Exhibition of 1867, but on return fell out with his father, and in the same year founded R. Lister and Company in the former Howard's Lower Mill, Water Street to manufacture agricultural machinery.
Expanding his business by exhibiting at agricultural shows, Robert developed both a successful UK and international business, which quickly expanded throughout the British Empire.
In 1889 Robert acquired the UK rights to manufacture and sell Danish engineer Mikael Pedersen's new cream separator, which through a spinning centrifugal separator allowed the machine to run at a constant speed and hence create a regular consistency of cream.
Marketed in the UK and British Empire as "The Alexandra Cream Separator", its success resulted in Pedersen moving to Dursley.
In 1899, he founded the Dursley Pedersen Cycle Company with Ashton Lister.
Robert was a pioneer of business in Western Canada, and took the first cream separator in that region over the plains of Alberta in a journey made by horse buggy, before the railway developments in the Western provinces,.
After George Lister died in 1870, his company was run by Robert's brother-in-law William and his two youngest brothers.
They developed the cloth manufacturing equipment range, and developed an electric light and power company, which for demonstration purposes brought electric lighting to Dursley.