Thomas Brassey (1795-1870)

From Historical Hastings

Thomas Brassey
Born7 November 1795
Died8 December 1870
Spouse(s)Maria Farrington Harrison (1810-1877)

Thomas Brassey was a railwayman who was estimated to have built 5% of the worlds railways by the time of his death. Born near Chester he started work as a land surveyor, then becoming a civil engineer, based at Birkenhead. By 1838 he had completed his first railway contract; a viaduct near Wolverhampton. This led quickly to many other contracts and by 1847 he had constructed a third of all the railways in Britain. International work soon followed with projects in Australia, Canada, France, India and South America to name but a few countries where he worked. In addition to track-laying he constructed all of the infrastructure required; tunnels, bridges and stations etc. He had an interest in many of the Victorian engineering feats and also worked on steam engines, ships, mines and water supply projects[1]. He died in 1870 at the Royal Victoria Hotel.


Children of: Thomas Brassey and Maria Farrington Harrison (1810-1877)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Brassey (1836-1918) 11 February 1836 23 February 1918 [[Anna Allnutt (1839-1887) Anna Allnutt (1839-1887) Sybil de Vere Capell (1858-1934)]]

References & Notes

  1. 1850-1899 – The Hastings Chronicle, accessdate: 21 August 2020